USPS says removal of NYC mailboxes has nothing to do with Trump, it's 'routine maintenance'

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A U.S. Postal Service truck was spotted picking up mailboxes in New York City on Friday amid President Donald Trump's ongoing threats to hold up postal funds—but the agency said the mailboxes' removal was unrelated.

A New York Times reporter posted a photo of the flatbed truck loaded with at least two mailboxes on the back of it in Manhattan, leading to hundreds of responses on Twitter.

In reaction to the photo, a USPS spokesperson told 1010 WINS: "The US Postal Service does routine maintenance. This is a regular activity that has no customer impact."

On Thursday, President Donald Trump admitted he was blocking additional postal funds to make it harder to process an expected surge of mail-in ballots this fall.

Earlie this week, USPS mailboxes were seen being removed in Oregon.

A USPS spokesperson told Portland station KGW that headquarters ordered the mailboxes removed. The spokesperson said there were duplicate boxes at some locations and that there has been a decline in mail volume amid the pandemic.