Donald Trump won’t let his Amazon beef die
US President Donald Trump has once again blasted Amazon on Twitter.
He said on Tuesday: “I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy. Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne by the American Taxpayer. Many billions of dollars. P.O. leaders don’t have a clue (or do they?)!”
Amazon shares plunged last week, wiping about $53.6 billion from its market value, following publication of an article on the Axios website. Citing five different sources, this claimed that, whilst Capitol Hill is gunning for Facebook, Trump’s thoughts are elsewhere. “He has talked about changing Amazon's tax treatment because he’s worried about mom-and-pop retailers being put out of business,” the report stated. “A source who’s spoken to POTUS says: ‘He’s wondered aloud if there may be any way to go after Amazon with antitrust or competition law’…Trump's wealthy friends tell him Amazon is destroying their businesses."
Less than 24 hours after the story came out, Trump attacked the e-commerce giant on social media. ‘I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!’ he ranted.
Social media feuds are, of course, Trump's favourite thing in the world and he has picked a fight with Amazon before. Last year, he tweeted, "Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the US are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" And he has also slammed The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, labelling it the Amazon Washington Post.