Palm Beach, Dec 29 (AP) President Donald Trump is criticising the US Postal Service, saying the agency is “losing many billions of dollars a year” and asking why it is “charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages.” Also Read - Joe Biden Revokes Donald Trump's Visa Ban On Many Green Card Applicants, Says US Businesses Harmed

Trump tweeted today that the post office “should be charging MUCH MORE!” Also Read - Elon Musk Reclaims Position as World's Richest Man For Second Time in 2021

The post office has lost money for 11 straight years, mostly because of pension and health care costs. While online shopping has led to growth in its package-delivery business, that hasn’t offset declines in first-class mail. Also Read - In a First, Amazon To Set Up Amazon Fire Stick Manufacturing Unit in Chennai

Shares of Amazon surpassed USD 1,000 each for the first time in April, and have continued to rise.

Federal regulators moved recently to allow bigger jumps to stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation, which could eventually increase companies’ shipping rates.

The dig at Amazon, however, was just the latest in a string by Trump.

Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.

Trump has been highly critical of the media, and singled out the Post and Bezos for its coverage of his campaign and presidency.

Seconds after the Trump tweet, shares of Amazon.com went from positive to negative.

Shipping is a major cost for the online retailer, though a large percentage of Amazon packages are delivered by UPS.

(AP)

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