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Is Trump Right To Criticize Amazon?

Amazon deserves this criticism

No, Trump is wrong about this

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Whatever motivations President Trump may have had to criticize Amazon, he is justified in doing so, holds Damon Linker of The Week. The tech giant has long decimated American industries, such as retail or book stores, often by lowering prices below profitability to starve out the competition. Trump is right that Amazon often pays no to little taxes on its immense profits. The left has acted overly partisan, coming to the online retailer’s defense and criticizing the president’s comments. There is a strong case for breaking up Amazon, which is building a dangerous and widespread monopoly. Trump's condemnation is appropriate.

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President Trump’s anger at Amazon stems from a poor understanding of the online retailer’s business ecosystem and value, suggests Jay Willis of GQ. He’s wrong that the postal service is being taken advantage of, as it profits heavily from the online retailer’s business. At a time when Facebook is a much more discussed issue, Trump criticizes Amazon because instead of profiting him, its owner, Jeff Bezos, has amassed riches far superior to his own. Some wealthy individuals close to the president may have encouraged him to take this stance as a result of the tech giant threatening their own, more traditional businesses.

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