Psaki says White House is ‘deeply troubled’ by Trump ally Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as Biden paves way for his removal with nominations for postal service board of governors
- Psaki said on Friday the White House takes ‘serious issue’ with the job being done by Trump ally Louis DeJoy at the U.S. Postal Service
- She spoke after Biden announced two nominees for the board of governors
- It is seen as the first step to ousting DeJoy, who has been targeted by liberals
- They cite conflict of interest accusations and changes he made that slowed mail deliveries ahead of last year’s election as cause for concern
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was ‘deeply troubled’ by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s leadership on Friday, as the president took the first step in removing the Trump ally from his post.
Biden does not have the authority to oust Dejoy, a former Trump fundraiser who has been accused of conflicts of interest and of slowing mail deliveries.
But the White House announced on Friday that the president was nominating two new members to the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to replace DeJoy supporters.
‘We are of course deeply troubled … continue to be deeply troubled, as many Americans are, by the early reporting on Postmaster General DeJoy’s potential financial conflicts of interest and take serious issue with the job he’s doing running the Postal Service,’ said Psaki when she was asked about the issue during her daily briefing.
Earlier Biden announced two replacements for outgoing chair Ron Bloom and governor John Barger.
Psaki said Daniel Tangherlini and Derek Kan were experienced public servants.
‘It’s up to the board to make a determination about leadership but we have continued concerns about the about the postmaster general’s leadership,’ she said.
Jen Psaki on Friday said the White House took ‘serious issue’ with the leadership of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as President Biden paved the way for removing him from the post
DeJoy, a former Trump fundraiser, has been the target of liberals ever since being appointed to head the U.S. Postal Service last year. They accused him of slowing mail deliveries in order to interfere with postal ballots ahead of the 2020 election, a charge he repeatedly denied
DeJoy was appointed by the board in May 2020, and quickly became a lightning rod for concerns about the 2020 elections and postal voting as he implemented changes that slowed deliveries.
Dejoy has always denied his aim was to interfere in the election.
Questions were also raised about his relationship with Bloom.
Between October last year and April, DeJoy bought bonds from Brookfield Asset Management worth $305,000, according to DeJoy’s financial disclosure paperwork.
Bloom is a senior executive at the firm.
The trade was cleared by postal ethics officials and Bloom told The Washington Post he received no benefit from such transactions.
Earlier this year it also emerged that the Justice Department was investigating DeJoy over political fundraising activity at his former business.
Federal authorities subpoenaed DeJoy and interviewed current and former employees of DeJoy and his business, The Washington Post reported.
Dejoy has been a longstanding target of liberals keen to see him removed from his controversial tenure.
The moves were welcomed by Democrats.
‘Great news to wake up to: Pres Biden is removing Louis Dejoy’s chief enabler and cheerleader from the Postal Board! Now fire Dejoy,’ wrote Rep. Bill Pascrell, chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight.
However, Biden must bide his time. He will likely still need to make additional appointments to the nine-member board in order to replace DeJoy.
Biden announced two replacements for Ron Bloom and John Barger on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors
Tangherlini is the managing director of the Emerson Collective, a private philanthropic firm.
He served as the administrator of the General Services Administration during the Obama presidency and also as the chief financial officer of the Treasury Department.
‘If confirmed, I look forward to serving and working to make sure the Postal Service is run as efficiently and effectively as possible,’ he said in a statement.
Kan is an executive at Deliverr, an ecommerce fulfillment startup.
During the Trump presidency, he was the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and also served as the under secretary for policy at the Transportation Department.
He also worked as a policy adviser to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
Kan said he ‘will work to strengthen the Postal Service so that it will continue to serve the American people well into the future.’