Who Is the New Postmaster General? Top Trump Donor Louis DeJoy Appointed As President Aims to Raise Delivery Fees

Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser and ally of President Donald Trump, has been appointed as the next postmaster general.

DeJoy will take up the role as of June 15, the board of governors of the United States Postal Service announced.

In a statement, Robert M. Duncan, chair of the Board of Governors, said: "Louis DeJoy understands the critical public service role of the United States Postal Service, and the urgent need to strengthen it for future generations.

"The Board appreciated Louis' depth of knowledge on the important issues facing the Postal Service and his desire to work with all of our stakeholders on preserving and protecting this essential institution."

He becomes the nation's 75th postmaster general. He has a business background having served as the Chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics. The move comes after Megan Brennan, who has held the position since February 2015, decided to retire from the post. She had intended to retire in January, though this was delayed.

Alongside the announcement, DeJoy said: "I look forward to working with the supporters of the Postal Service in Congress and the Administration to ensure the Postal Service remains an integral part of the United States government.

"It will be an incredible honor to serve as Postmaster General, and I commit myself to upholding the Postal Service's cherished role in our nation."

His appointment comes as the Postal Service faces major losses this year amid the COVID-19 crisis, with Brennan previously suggesting it could see a $13 billion revenue hit in 2020. The USPS previously requested $75 billion in federal support.

It has continued to operate throughout the coronavirus crisis, despite financial struggles due to certain types of mail depleting.

Postal trucks are parked at a United States Postal Service (USPS) post office location in Washington, DC. Louis DeJoy has been appointed as the next Postmaster General to head up the USPS. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

DeJoy has also been a prominent GOP fundraiser. He is the national finance chairman for the Republican National Convention, scheduled to take place in Charlotte this August, describing that appointment as an "honor."

As well as this, the soon-to-be new head of the U.S. Postal Service is a large donor himself and has given more than $360,000 to Trump Victory since January, according to Federal Election Commission data.

DeJoy is also the husband of Aldona Wos, who serves as vice-chair of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

Trump has been critical of the Postal Service, describing it as a "laughing stock" and a "stupidly run organization", while threatening to block federal support unless it hikes the prices for online retailers like Amazon.

The American Postal Workers Union described those comments as an "insult" to postal workers who have died amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It further accused Trump of wanting "to raise prices and force a crisis at the Post Office so that his political benefactors at the corporate shippers can increase their company profits at the expense of the people."

The USPS told Newsweek it had no further comment on the appointment at this time.

The American Postal Workers Union and the White House have been contacted for comment.