Trump envoy 'personally' appeals to postal group to back US

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, U.S. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro speaks during a television interview at the White House, in Washington, U.S.A. The U.S. is threatening to pull the United States out of the 145-year-old Universal Postal Union, as Navarro said they opposes options being considered that would maintain the current limits. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 file photo, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro pauses while speaking during a television interview at the White House in Washington. The US administration is threatening to pull the United States out of the 145-year-old Universal Postal Union, complaining that some postal carriers like China's aren't paying enough to have foreign shipments delivered on the final stretch to reach U.S. recipients. A special Universal Postal Union congress take place from Tuesday Sept. 24, to Thursday, Sept. 25, 2019 in Geneva Switzerland(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

GENEVA — The world's largest union of postal service operators has opened a three-day emergency meeting amid Trump administration plans to pull the United States out of a group it helped found 145 years ago.

The "extraordinary congress" of the 192-member Universal Postal Union on Tuesday is only the third since it was created in 1874 to help smooth international mail deliveries.

The Trump administration insists some postal carriers like China's aren't paying enough to have foreign shipments delivered to U.S. recipients. The U.S. is threatening a walkout as early as Oct. 17.

Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro has told delegates: "I am personally, personally asking you to support the United States' position." He says "no reasonable person" could support the existing reimbursement system.

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