It was just a matter of time until Donald Trump went after the far more successful Jeff Bezos.
On Wednesday morning, Trump sat down with various White House administrators and elected officials to figure out if Bezos’ ownership of the Washington Post and his position as chief executive of Amazon constituted a conflict of interest, as well as whether Amazon should be subject of greater regulatory scrutiny as its predominance continues to grow in the U.S. retail industry.
Just kidding, he mailed off a bizarre tweet.
The tweet goes a day after the Post published a pretty funny story about how a fake Times magazine cover-up hangs in Trump’s golf clubs.
The Post has published a number of scoops that have been damaging to Trump and his presidency, but the fake publication narrative appears to have cut deep.
Many of Trump’s tweets contain inaccuracies, but Wednesday’s contained an impressive quantity considering Twitter’s character limit. Bradd Jaffy at NBC News summed them up nicely 😛 TAGEND
It’s likewise worth noting that Amazon and the Post em> don’t have a business relationship. Yes, the paper is owned by Bezos, who is CEO of Amazon. Amazon Prime offers a discount on the paper’s subscriptions, but they operate as wholly separate entities.
Not that Trump cares. The chairwoman has continued his attacks on the media with almost daily tweets and statements, especially when printed publications writes a tale that isn’t quite as positive as the run found in fake Times magazine.
Wednesday’s attack, nonetheless, took a stair further. Trump clearly has no problem moving after Amazon when he seems wronged by the Post. He’s targeting Bezos as a pressure phase here, assuming that by threatening some sort of “internet tax” that he can get the paper to back off.
If anything, he’s inviting the paper to pile on. The Post has enjoyed increases in traffic under President Trump, serving more than 1 billion pageviews in May 2017 alone.