On Thursday, President Trump tweeted a scathing message about Amazon, whose CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post:
I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2018
The details of Trump’s claim are dubious at best, but the most absurd line has attracted a fair amount of attention on social media: the notion that Amazon uses the Postal Service as their “Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.)”
People’s objections are pretty easy to understand, since being a “delivery boy” is the purpose of the Postal Service…
Um, isn't the Postal Service EVERYBODY'S delivery boy?
Is that its entire function? It's very reason for existence? https://t.co/KhGrEG0V2e
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) March 29, 2018
Here’s the Postal Service’s mission statement:
The Postal Service mission is to provide a reliable, efficient, trusted and affordable universal delivery service that connects people and helps businesses grow.
That seems to fit the bill!
Ha @realDonaldTrump – I too use the Postal System as my “Delivery Boy” – just try and stop me!
— Dave Doherty (@_dave_doherty) March 29, 2018
Regarding that “tremendous loss,” the President is aware that Amazon pays postage like everyone else, right?
You do realize that we pay for postage, right? The entire concept of the postal system is to act as a “delivery boy.” The US Postal Service is making a small fortune from Americans that shop online. I can’t believe I actually have to explain this.
— Rhonda (@akitadais) March 30, 2018
Amazon actually paid 100's of million in taxes during 2016 and recieved a tax break for 2017, that's good business, smart as @realDonaldTrump said of his avoiding to pay taxes in 20, I repeat!!! Over 20 years!!!
— Kelly (@Lux_Esto) March 31, 2018
Some Twitter users suspect the President has ulterior motives…
Trump’s vendetta against Amazon wouldn’t have anything to do with Jeff Bezos also owning the Washington Post, now would it? Hmm…
— Jasmine (@luvoflemons) March 29, 2018
And it’s not the first time he’s made incorrect statements about Amazon:
Donny, please stop lying. This has been fact-checked and “Trump’s statement is inaccurate and ridiculous. We rate it Pants on Fire!”https://t.co/r01se3iqk3
— Jack Schofield (@jackschofield) March 29, 2018
Here’s hoping someone gives the President a quick business lesson before he tweets about Amazon again!
Seems to me like they generate a lot of business for shipping / postal services.
— Justin_Struble (@Justin_Struble) March 29, 2018