President Donald Trump is calling for a “massive reduction” in the number of stationary stationery stores and the elimination of all stationary stationeries that sell to retailers, the White House announced Tuesday.
The announcement came after Trump visited a mobile mailroom in the Capitol Hill area where the president spoke with members of Congress, which Trump touted as a symbol of the administration’s effort to cut the federal government’s $600 billion annual budget deficit.
The president also announced a series of executive actions aimed at addressing a number of issues that have dogged the WhiteHouse during his first year in office, including an overhaul of the tax code and the construction of a border wall with Mexico.
“I’m working very hard on my own personal ideas for tax reform,” Trump said during his remarks to a group of lawmakers in the Oval Office, adding that he’s “still talking to my people” about the details.
Trump also reiterated his criticism of the U.S. Postal Service for having “no money to run” and for not having the ability to pay off debts, adding “We have to cut it and we have to get it done quickly.”
“When I say cut it, I mean cut it in half,” Trump continued.
“Cut it down to the size of a telephone pole and you’ll be doing great things.
I can’t wait to get started on tax reform.”
Earlier in the day, Trump told a small group of reporters that he wants to eliminate all stationary post offices, and that he intends to appoint a “special envoy” to do so.
While there are still many post offices that can’t be opened, Trump said, “I want to start with one that’s open and we’re going to do it soon.”
“If you’re going [to] have one, we want to have it open,” Trump added.
“It’s the best thing you can do for the economy.”
Trump also took aim at the mailroom, saying he wants the Postal Service to shut down because of its “total failure.”
“We have no money to open a mailroom,” Trump told the lawmakers.
“That’s not even the reason for it.
That’s not a good reason.
It’s not the reason that you have a mess in your mailroom.
We have no funds to do that.”
Trump, however, also said that he would sign an executive order that will allow the Postal service to continue operating under a “one-year grace period.”
He also said he would appoint a special envoy to help close the Postal Savings Program, which was recently closed in New York City.
The president has already signed an executive memorandum to the Office of Management and Budget that directs the Postal Inspectors General to review how the Postal System operates and “make recommendations for a comprehensive, long-term solution to the Postal savings program.”
Trump told the Senate Appropriations Committee that he has already sent the Postal Inspector General “a proposal to close the program for one year and then have them look at that proposal and decide on what they want to do,” adding that the “biggest thing is I want to make sure they get the money they need.”