After bemoaning the state of the country’s infrastructure — “total disrepair” — the tweeter-in-chief took another swipe at Amazon, which through founder Bezos also has a connection to the Washington Post.
“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. That amounts to billions of dollars. 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. If the P.O. ‘increased its parcel rates, Amazon’s shipping costs would rise by $2.6 Billion.’ This post office scam must stop. Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!” Trump said in a pair of tweets.
The Post has been critical of the president and his administration and regularly comes under fire from the Oval Office, with Amazon often getting thrown into the mix as well.
The e-commerce company’s rapid growth, commanding position and leeway from investors to keep investing on expansion while foregoing profits has investors worried that some additional regulation will eventually come its way. Those worries, sparked by a report that Trump was “obsessed” with the company, delivered Amazon with an unusually steep stock loss, briefly cutting its market capitalization by $53 billion on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Trump said, “I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state and 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!”
Bezos has in the past engaged Trump on Twitter, but stayed quiet after the latest onslaught.