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Trump Personally Pushed Postmaster General to Double Rates on Amazon

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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:05 PM
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President Trump “personally pushed” the U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to “double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages,” sources told The Washington Post. Brennan has reportedly resisted Trump’s requests in various White House meetings and attempted to explain to the president the “bound by contracts and must be reviewed by a regulatory commission” and the “current arrangement with Amazon was beneficial for the Postal Service.” Trump has also met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, then-National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Domestic Policy Council Director Andrew Bremberg about “Amazon’s business practices.” This comes after Trump has repeatedly criticized the company, with claims that it is being “subsidized by the Postal Service” and that the Post serves as its “chief lobbyist” and “tax shelter.” Some administration officials told the newspaper that “several of Trump’s attacks aimed at Amazon have come in response to articles in The Post that he didn’t like.” The Washington Post is owned by a holding company privately owned by Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.


I'm not a fan of Bezos, but I think this is the epitome of a tyrannical act.

www.thedailybeast.com...

For a president to take his personal animosity out on a citizen and try to goad a government official to disrupt his business is typical of this mans utter contempt for democratic ways.

How in the world does a president do this? Imagine the howls if Obama or Hillary did this to a conservative.

Bezos owns the post that is hard on Trump so he takes personal revenge

I'm trying to explain this so even a child can understand its problematic nature.



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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:11 PM
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I don't see a problem here. Why can't Trump voice his opinion here? Amazon is widely seen as the epitome of the evil corporation. The Left hates Amazon. Amazon uses every trick in the book to avoid paying taxes. They've driven independent bookstores (at least!) out of business. They've been accused of increasing homelessness by driving up real estate prices. They treat their warehouse employees like crap. In terms of the post office, they take advantage of subsidized rates to ship books (Yup, special rates for books.) So here's Trump banging on Amazon the same way the Left bangs on Amazon and you don't like it? Geez, get a grip here and at least be consistent.
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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:12 PM
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If you’re going to fight Amazon it should be done by fair legal means, not tyrannical bullying like this.


This is an act of a dangerous man, I tell you, who has no understanding of the American way.

Sure, Bezos, he’s a problem because the American people like the convenience of his products but shouldn’t be bullied and singled out because he owns the WaPo which often is critical of the president.

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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:12 PM
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a reply to: Willtell

TRumps own people as well as the post office itself has repeatedly told him that the post office makes a profit off of Amazon, but he refuses to believe anyone. It does look to be completely personal for Trump and if so should be an abuse of power. Not only that Amazon has a multi-year contract with the post office in effect.



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:12 PM
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a reply to: Willtell


It's cute that Trump thinks that the Post Master General could just unilaterally double the postage costs just for Amazon because he ordered it!

Put another dollar in the obstruction of justice jar!
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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:14 PM
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a reply to: Willtell


President Trump takes actions that go beyond what most knee-jerk people can understand.


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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:14 PM
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If Obama was attacking an evil profit hungry corporation lefties would be throwing parties.



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:15 PM
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a reply to: Willtell

""sources told The Washington Post""

Great Job !!

😀💡
edit on May-18-2018 by xuenchen because: 🚬



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:16 PM
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Think along these lines.
Monopolies Broken Up



Connect to Today: In April 2012, the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and a group of book publishers, saying they colluded to fix e-book prices. Their plan was created in large part because they feared Amazon, which was selling e-books at below cost, was gaining monopolistic control of the market. Several of the publishers have agreed to settle the case. The case has raised questions over what constitutes competition and whether the anticompetitive practices of Apple and the book publishers could be justified to ensure that Amazon would have competition. Scott Turow, president of the Authors Guild, argued in a letter that the lawsuit was “on the verge of killing real competition in order to save the appearance of competition.”

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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:16 PM
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I don't see a problem here. Why can't Trump voice his opinion here? Amazon is widely seen as the epitome of the evil corporation. The Left hates Amazon. Amazon uses every trick in the book to avoid paying taxes. They've driven independent bookstores (at least!) out of business. They treat their warehouse employees like crap. In terms of the post office, they take advantage of subsidized rates to ship books (Yup, special rates for books.) So here's Trump banging on Amazon the same way the Left bangs on Amazon and you don't like it? Geez, get a grip here and at least be consistent.


Sure Trump can voice his opinion but not try to personally impact negatively the man's business by using his power to persuade a government official to single him out to hurt financially


You really believe its alright for a president to try to hurt a business just because he doesn't like them?



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:23 PM
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If Obama was attacking an evil profit hungry corporation lefties would be throwing parties.


If Obama, for example, tried to do this to the Koch industries because they are conservatives who opposed him you guys would go out of your mind crazy

A president can and should say what he thinks about businesses but he cant do anything like this


Criticizing is one thing but this is a blatant abuse of power

How would you feel if a government official tried to hurt your business let alone a president?



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:24 PM
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originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: Willtell


President Trump takes actions that go beyond what most knee-jerk people can understand.


So did Hitler. This is beyond the pale. It's a slippery slope. Next thing he might be advocating his critics jailing



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:24 PM
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So Trump wants to chrge Amazon double what other customers are paying? I hope I don't eat crow here, but I will assume that Amazon is currently paying 50% or less than most postal service users. Can you explain where the tyranny is occurring please? Wouldn't tyranny be occurring through sweet heart deals in which the government selectively chooses who succeeds and who fails by charging some excessive penalties for doing business??



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:31 PM
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So if you owned a newspaper that criticized your Mayor for whatever, and that Mayor started to single out your business for criticism and tried to order regulatory officials to negatively affect your business by raising rates you pay, that would be alright with you?

Tyrannical or abusive same thing



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:34 PM
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a reply to: Willtell

So what you're saying is that Amazon gets the base rate and everyone else is being oppressed? Or.vice versa?

ETA: or is this more a kin to using the IRS to selectively target political opponents? (Woooo, that sounds hitler esque)
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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:36 PM
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Not even ardent Trump fans can defend this

It's our duty as Americans to inform our fellow citizens or remind them of the terrible acts of this president.

Now its Bezos, one day it might be you



First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller


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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:38 PM
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originally posted by: xuenchen
a reply to: Willtell

""sources told The Washington Post""

Great Job !!

😀💡

Does this mean we can henceforth expect only named sources from you?


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posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:38 PM
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The USPS Amazon package deal is BAD for USPS... period...

Amazon should pay the same rate as any other business....

It's an unfair advantage...



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:39 PM
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Brennan has so far resisted Trump’s demand, explaining in multiple conversations occurring this year and last that these arrangements are bound by contracts and must be reviewed by a regulatory commission, the three people said. She has told the president that the Amazon relationship is beneficial for the Postal Service and gave him a set of slides that showed the variety of companies, in addition to Amazon, that also partner for deliveries. Despite these presentations, Trump has continued to level criticism at Amazon. And last month, his critiques culminated in the signing of an executive order mandating a government review of the financially strapped Postal Service that could lead to major changes in the way it charges Amazon and others for package delivery.


I believe, like many issues, Trumps doesn't have good intentions behind his actions. He has personal reasons for this action.

Bad intentions lead to bad decisions



posted on May, 18 2018 @ 08:39 PM
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We wouldn’t want Trump to weaponize Government Agencies.

Like, let’s see:

IRS, DOJ, FBI, CIA ...

McFly, McFly, wake tfu.



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