President Donald Trump has attacked Amazon on Twitter, saying it pays “little or no taxes to the state and local governments,” and uses the U. S. Postal Service as the “Delivery Boy.” (Credit: Associated Press)
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President Donald Trump has gone after Amazon again, tweeting is “causing tremendous loss for the U.S.” after a Wednesday media report suggested the President was “obsessed” with the Jeff Bezos-led company.
“I have said my reservations about Amazon long before the Elections,” Trump wrote on Twitter, one of his favorite methods of expressing policy and advice. “Unlike the others, they pay little or no taxes to the state and local governments, use our Post as their deliverer (making the huge loss for the US), and put many thousands of retailers out of business!”
I have said my reservations about Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to the state and local governments, use our Post as their deliverer (making the huge loss for the US), and put many thousands of retailers out of business!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2018
The tweet comes after a report of Axios is Jonathan Swan that Trump has spoken about the change of Amazon’s tax treatment.
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Citing a source who had spoken to Trump, Swan wrote that Trump has “out loud wondered,” if there is a way “to go after Amazon with the antitrust or competition law.” The report adds that Trump is still not going to let that happen.
After the Axios report, Amazon shares fell sharply on Wednesday, closing at $1,431.42, more than 4 percent.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to the report, told Reuters: “The president has often said that he is always looking to create a level playing field for all companies and this is no different. He is always going to look at different ways, but there are no specific policy on the table at this time.”
After an op-ed from the director of policy at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Ross Marchand criticism on the deal from the U. S. Postal Service has with Amazon, David enheimer, USPS public relations manager called the op-ed “a bad and misleading rant,” according to Linn’s.
In 2013, the USPS made a deal with Amazon that could ship packages to customers on Sunday.
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The constant attacks
Thursday tweet from Trump continues his attack on Amazon, Axios is said by Amazon to a deal with the U. S. Postal Service, as well as Jeff Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post, that Axios said Trump “views as Bezos’ political weapon.”
In June 2017, Trump accused Amazon of not paying “Internet tax” and the name of the #AmazonWashingtonPost “Fake News.”
It is not clear what “internet taxes,” the President said at the time, but the company collects sales tax (if applicable) on the items that it sells through its platform.
Two months later, Trump continued the attack, tweeting, “Amazon does great harm to the tax paying retailers. Cities, towns and states in the US will be hurt – many jobs will be lost!”
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According to an April 2017 report from Bloomberg, which cited investment bank Credit Suisse, the number of stores is estimated to close in 2017 was on pace to reach nearly 8,000. In 2016, that number is about 2,000 shops.
Fox Business has compiled a list of the other brick-and-mortar retailers that have announced store closings in recent months.
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