On Friday, CNN reported that the Postal Service had begun reducing hours and removing mail collection boxes in a number of states, though a USPS spokesperson has since announced that the push will be halted until after Nov. 3.
"We are not going to be removing any boxes," the spokesperson said in a statement, according to the outlet. "After the election, we're going to take a look at operations and see what we need and don’t need."
Like Swift, singer Jason Mraz has encouraged people to vote in the wake of Trump's comments, sharing on Friday that both he and his father previously worked for USPS. He said that based on his experiences, the service would not "fail" during an election because of high volume.
"Do not think for a minute that this time tested system would fail us during an election," he wrote on Instagram. "A government by & for the people would make sure the postal service is running at full capacity instead of closing branches and turning off AUTOMATED sorting machines which make sorting faster and easier – but – suspiciously, we have an administration trying to undermine the hardworking service men & women who make the USPS possible."
Former President Barack Obama has also criticized Trump, saying in a recent podcast episode that the current president is trying to "kneecap" the U.S. Postal Service.
"What we've seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting," Obama said in an interview with former campaign manager David Plouffe. "What we've never seen before is a president say, 'I'm going to try to actively kneecap the Postal Service to encourage voting and I will be explicit about the reason I'm doing it.'"
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