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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.
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.”
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.
If Obama was attacking an evil profit hungry corporation lefties would be throwing parties.
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.
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.