Trump's Venom Against Amazon Is 'Personal'

'Vanity Fair' reports that he's fixated on taking down Jeff Bezos, owner of 'Washington Post'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2018 11:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump continued his attacks on Amazon Tuesday with a morning tweet again accusing the company of getting a sweetheart deal from the post office in regard to shipping. "I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy," Trump wrote. "Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne by the American Taxpayer. Many billions of dollars. P.O. leaders don't have a clue (or do they?)!" If a report by Gabriel Sherman at Vanity Fair is correct, expect the attacks on Amazon and owner Jeff Bezos to continue. Why? For Trump, it's "personal." Details and related developments:

  • Three potential weapons: Sherman writes that Trump intends to keep going after Amazon mainly because the president hates the Washington Post, also owned by Bezos. "He's obsessed," one source tells Sherman. This could end badly for Amazon in at least three ways: a renegotiated deal with the post office, the cancellation of a lucrative cloud computing deal with the Pentagon, and White House support of state investigations into Amazon's business practices.

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