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President Trump's Issues with Amazon... An Overview

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April 7, 2018 | Blog

In recent days, President Trump has expressed concerns about the business practices of online megaretailer Amazon. This is not the first time the president has tweeted about this issue. In December, he tweeted essentially the same concerns. The president’s concerns with Amazon are multifaceted. He has raised three issues with the retailer. 

First, the president has criticized Amazon for not paying sufficient tax to state and local governments. In a tweet on March 29, the president said, “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!” 

Additionally, the president alleged that Amazon exploits the United States Postal Service (USPS). On March 31, the president tweeted in part, “While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon.” 

Finally, the president is concerned that Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, uses The Washington Post as a lobbying tool for his company Amazon. Also, on March 31, the president tweeted in part, and over two tweets, “The Failing N.Y. Times reports that ‘the size of the company’s lobbying staff has ballooned,’ and that…does not include the Fake Washington Post, which is used as a “lobbyist” and should so REGISTER.” 

These concerns have garnered significant attention, and as with most things in today’s hyperpartisan political environment, have caused controversy. Each of these concerns is more complex then may appear on its face, and so warrants a more in-depth analysis. 

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