Trump: Bezos Using WaPo to Make Sure I Don’t Get in to Protect Amazon on Taxes, Anti-Trust

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reacted to a report that the Washington Post has 20 reporters planning to dig into his life by arguing Post owner Jeff Bezos is using the paper “or political purposes to save Amazon, in terms of taxes, and in terms of anti-trust” on Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

Trump stated, [relevant remarks begin around 1:20] that the 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. He’s getting absolutely away — he’s worried about me and he’s — I think he said that to somebody, it was in some article, where he thinks I would go after him for anti-trust, because he’s got a huge anti-trust problem because he’s controlling so much. Amazon is controlling so much of what they’re doing. … So, what they’re doing is he’s using that as political instrument to try and stop anti-trust, which he thinks I believe he’s anti-trust, in other words, what he’s got is a monopoly, and he wants to make sure I don’t get in. … [H]e’s using the Washington Post, which is peanuts, he’s using that for political purposes to save Amazon, in terms of taxes, and in terms of anti-trust.”

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