Lord Damp Nut is a well-known welcher, and I suppose if you take a gig he offers, it’s on you because not paying his bills is pretty much his brand.
Donald Trump’s administration has yet to repay the U.S. Postal Service for a postcard it sent out in March prominently displaying the president’s name alongside a series of guidelines for combating COVID-19, according to a report from USA Today.
The cost of producing and sending the postcards to an estimated 138 million addresses across the U.S. was $28 million, USA Today reported, with $4.6 million spent on printing alone. USPS spokesperson David Partenheimer informed the paper that the Trump administration had been negotiating payment in May, but “no reimbursements have been made at this time.”
The White House received flak when it sent out the postcard on March 16 due to its large headline, which read “PRESIDENT TRUMP’S CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA.”
…which sounds a lot more like a campaign flyer to me, but whatevs. Oh wait, I’m not alone!
A letter sent in early April by Kyle Herrig, president of watchdog group Accountable.US, to the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called the postcard a case of “electioneering.”
“In terms of design, the main feature of the mailing is Trump’s name rather than the actual guidelines,” the letter stated. “In fact, the message including the President’s name takes up more real estate on the postcard — one full side — than any other item.”
The letter went on to lambaste the decision to credit the safety recommendations to Trump, arguing that it was “particularly misleading considering the fact that [Trump] has frequently undermined these very CDC guidelines.”
“It appears highly likely that this mailing represents a serious misuse of taxpayer funds, inappropriate communication by a government agency, and an act of illegal electioneering by Trump administration officials,” the letter concluded. “
So… we all will end up paying for this campaign expense.