President Donald Trump today revived his attack on Amazon.com Inc., claiming on Twitter that the online retailer repeatedly takes advantage of the U.S. Postal Service.
In a series of tweets, the president yet again ripped into Amazon for using the USPS as its “delivery boy” and continued to suggest the company may be in violation of antitrust laws. He also wrote that The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, serves as an “expensive lobbyist” for the e-commerce giant.
Trump tweeted: “The Amazon Washington Post has gone crazy against me ever since they lost the Internet Tax Case in the U.S. Supreme Court two months ago. Next up is the U.S. Post Office which they use, at a fraction of real cost, as their ‘delivery boy’ for a BIG percentage of their packages….”
In June, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that opened the doors for states to collect potentially billions of dollars in sales taxes on e-commerce purchases. Amazon was not part of the case, but it continued to face criticism by Trump, who has previously asserted that the company’s dominance is harming other American retailers.
It’s also not the first time Trump has called out the USPS on what appears to be his go-to social media platform. In late March, the president took another jab at Amazon and its relationship with the post office. He tweeted: “It is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. That amounts to Billions of Dollars.” He doubled down on those concerns in April, demanding a review of of the post office’s finances.
Trump’s Twitter firestorm has also previously included The Washington Post, which he has accused of publishing stories that paint him in an unfavorable light.
Today, the president refuted a report by the newspaper that claimed he was frustrated with the pace of denuclearization talks with North Korea. He tweeted: “The Fake News is saying, without ever asking me (always anonymous sources), that I am angry because it is not going fast enough. Wrong, very happy!”
Separately, Trump added: “….In my opinion the Washington Post is nothing more than an expensive (the paper loses a fortune) lobbyist for Amazon. Is it used as protection against antitrust claims which many feel should be brought?”
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