Trump Attacks Amazon: ‘They Pay Little or No Taxes to State & Local Governments'

By Melanie Arter | March 29, 2018 | 10:34am EDT
President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump on Thursday lashed out at online retail giant Amazon, complaining that they are putting thousands of retailers out of business and pay “little or no” state and local taxes.

“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!” Trump tweeted.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked Wednesday whether the president was looking for ways to go after Amazon.

“Look, we have no announcements and no specific policies or actions that we're currently pushing forward or considering taking,” she said.

“I'm not looking for an announcement, specifically, but has the president been looking for ways to go after Amazon? Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said that the White House does favor an Internet sales tax, and that's something that you guys would be looking at. So is that something that the president is pushing for, even behind closed doors?” Daily Mail White House Correspondent Francesca Chambers asked.

“Look, the president has said many times before he's always looking to create a level playing field for all businesses, and this is no different, and he's going to always look at different ways, but there aren’t any specific policies on the table at this time,” Sanders replied.

When asked whether she ever heard Trump talk about Amazon and whether Amazon is competing on a level playing field right now, Sanders said, “I've heard the president talk repeatedly about making business practices in this country level for everyone across the board. I've heard him talk about it privately and publicly, and I know it's something that he wants to see happen. Beyond that, I don't have anything for you.”

 

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