A tweet by the president about Amazon - a company he also criticised while on the campaign trail - renewed concerns that the online giant could face scrutiny by antitrust regulators.
"In addition to those comments regarding Amazon, we bought Ford in the Winter of 2017 when he promised to help his "good friend" Bill Ford which cost us nearly 40%". This notion was hinted at in August 2017, when the president said Amazon was "doing great damage to tax paying retailers" and causing "many jobs" to be lost.
Trump does not have any new policies planned that would affect Amazon, a White House official said on Thursday, adding that Trump was prompted to speak out on the subject in reaction to news reports this week.
"The post office actually makes a ton of money from Amazon", the source reportedly said.
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Amazon pays the federal corporate tax and collects taxes in all 46 states where sales taxes exist, plus the District of Columbia.
"I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the election".
Amazon.com, Inc. shares were trading at $1,447.34 per share on Thursday afternoon, up $15.92 (+1.11%).
In the past year, Amazon's average daily price change has been about 0.3 percent, according to FactSet, so sending the stock down several percentage points is a big drop.
Lou Kerner, a technology investor who blogs about the sector, said Trump's attack on Amazon "is a very populist thing to do", but that any new measures imposed on Amazon may do little for consumers or small businesses.
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USA media report that Trump's criticism of Amazon and Bezos may have stemmed from his misunderstanding of facts and his envy.
It was not clear what Trump's comments were based on.
Amazon also has a special agreement with the Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays.
"We see some small risk that the President could use the bully pulpit to criticise Amazon, and potentially put up some road blocks for the company, but we see it as far less fragile than Facebook in its situation". While consumption habits, the over-supply of malls and megastores like Walmart played a role, so did e-commerce.
Trump has targeted Amazon for other reasons in the past: its founder and CEO Jeff Bezos personally owns The Washington Post, and Trump has called the newspaper "fake news" and a "guardian of Amazon" after it published unfavorable stories about him or his administration.
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