President Trump’s nominees to serve on the U.S. Postal Service’s governing board promised during a confirmation hearing Wednesday to challenge the president’s assumptions on the relationship between the mailing agency and Amazon, saying they will advocate for the truth irrespective of any White House pushback.

The hearing came as Trump has for months criticized USPS for its contracts with Amazon that he deemed overly friendly to the online retail giant. It also followed an executive order the president issued last week creating a task force to examine the Postal Service’s finances, business model and workforce and develop recommendations to right the agency’s ship. The nominees would join a board of governors that is currently absent any of its nine slated Senate confirmed members.


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