Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said this week that Amazon, the biggest online retailer in the world, has a “huge antitrust problem”.
In an interview on Fox News, Trump said the firm’s Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post, is using the newspaper to influence politicians in Washington to help save taxes.
“This (Washington Post) is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos, who controls Amazon. Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise. He’s using the Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed”, Trump said.
“He’s using the Washington Post … for political purposes to save Amazon in terms of taxes and in terms of antitrust” Trump said.
“He thinks I’ll go after him for antitrust. Because he’s got a huge antitrust problem because he’s controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing”, Trump is reported to have said.
Larry Banks is a keen follower of technology and finance. He has worked for a variety of online publications, writing about a diverse range of topics including mobile networks, patents, and Internet video delivery technologies.