Trump Tweets Anger That Amazon Not Paying ‘Internet Taxes’

“…not paying…”

President Donald Trump wrapped his war with the media and his long-running feud with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos into one tweet Wednesday, accusing the giant retailer of not paying enough in taxes.

Bezos, who founded Amazon, also owns The Washington Post.


“The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!” Trump tweeted.

Trump was asked about the tweet during a photo op at the White House.



“Mr. President, are your prepared to take any actions against Amazon?” he was asked.

Trump motioned with his head and made what could be seen as either a grin or grimace, but did not answer the question.

The president often claims that The Post is biased against him.

On Wednesday, the paper ran a story saying that Time magazine covers extolling Trump that were on display at several Trump golf courses were fake. The Post also published an analysis of the heath care debate Wednesday headlined, “Trump has given us no reason to believe he knows anything about health-care policy.” A New York Times story had made a similar accusation.

Trump responded to the media reports on Twitter.


Trump has fought with Bezos in the past over Amazon and its tax status.

“… Amazon, which, through its ownership, controls the Washington Post, should be paying massive taxes — but it’s not paying, and it’s a very unfair playing field and you see what that’s happening and what that’s doing to department stores all over the country,” Trump said last year. “Very, very unfair. And you’re talking about billions and billions of dollars. They should be paying those taxes.”

Amazon is required to collect sales taxes in every state in which the giant retailer has a physical presence, with the exception of states that do not have a sales tax. News reports in the wake of Trump’s tweet said the company is collecting those taxes.

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Source: Western Journalism

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