Trump, Amazon and 'internet taxes': The real story


"The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!" the president tweeted Wednesday morning.

Despite the tweet, Amazon does not own The Washington Post. The Washington Post is not owned by Amazon, but rather by Bezos personally. The two are wholly separate entities.

So what exactly was Trump talking about?

In fact, the company today collects sales taxes in every state that has such a tax - that's 45 states or commonwealths plus the District of Columbia.

- Joseph Kauffman (@jkauffman23) June 28, 2017You are literally the first person in history to call @washingtonpost "the guardian of Amazon". But the retailer does collect sales tax on purchases across the U.S.

Bezos was a favorite target of Trump during the campaign. Presidents are not supposed to direct investigations by the Dept. of Justice. "EVEN TV!" is being pointed to as the impetus for Trump's new Twitter rage against the Washington Post and Amazon.

President Donald Trump is invoking Seattle-based Amazon and Internet taxes in one of his latest tweets against the news media. In the year-ago period, Amazon paid $475 million in income taxes on operating income of $1.07 billion. "The Washington Post scam is saving it!" he added.

He bought this paper for practically nothing, and he's using that as a tool for political power, against me and against other people, and I'll tell you what, we can't let him get away with it.

In 2016, Trump said that Amazon actually controlled the Washington Post and accused it of having an unlevel playing field and not paying taxes.

"Because he's got a huge antitrust problem because he's controlling so much, Amazon is controlling so much of what they are doing", Mr Trump said. That's not right. And believe me, if I become president, oh do they have problems, they are going to have such problems.