White House attacks Amazon’s Bezos after Biden’s inflation spot

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) on November 2, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

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The White House on Monday attacked Amazon founder Jeff Bezos after he tweeted one after another to President Joe Biden over his comments on inflation over the weekend.

The exchange began on Friday when Biden tweeted without directly referring to Amazon: “Do you want to bring down inflation? Let’s make sure rich corporations pay their fair share.”

Bezos responded to Biden’s tweet, accusing him of “misdirection” and arguing that there was no link between inflation and corporate taxes. Bezos writes: “It’s okay to talk about raising corporate taxes. It’s important to talk about controlling inflation. Putting them together is just the wrong direction.”

Consumer inflation rose to 8.3% in April, higher than the Dow Jones estimate of 8.1% and near the highest level in more than 40 years.

Bezos further criticized the Biden administration’s approach to inflation in a tweet on Sunday. He said the $ 1.9 trillion American rescue plan, which Biden signed into law last March, had contributed to rising inflation. Bezos further stressed that inflation is most detrimental to the poor.

White House spokesman Andrew Bates responded by saying in a statement that “there is no need to jump to understand why” Bezos, the world’s second richest man, would oppose Biden’s proposal to raise taxes on the super-rich and corporations.

“It’s no surprise that the tweet came after the president met with labor organizers, including Amazon employees,” Bates said in a statement.

Bezos responded to the White House statement in a tweet, accusing the Biden administration of trying to “muddy the subject.”

“They know that inflation hurts the needy the most,” Bezos wrote. “But the unions are not causing inflation and neither are the rich.”

Earlier this month, Biden attended a meeting with labor organizers, including Chris Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union, a grassroots group that managed to organize an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island in New York in April, marking the e-commerce company’s first union. . In the United States

The Twitter spot represents the first public clash between Bezos and Biden. Bezos was a frequent target during former President Donald Trump’s tenure. Trump criticized Amazon for using the U.S. Postal Service and falsely claimed that the Bezos-owned Washington Post was a “lobbyist” for the online retail giant.

Although Biden did not specifically call Amazon in his tweet on Friday, he has repeatedly criticized the company’s tax history. Amazon has benefited greatly from tax credits and deductions, and the company did not pay any federal income tax in 2017 and 2018. Bezos, who resigned as CEO of Amazon last year, has become a recurring target of Democrats’ discussion of wealth inequality in the United States, giving him immense fortune.

Biden also recently expressed support for unionization efforts at Amazon. During a speech at a trade union national conference, he appeared to step up efforts to organize Amazon warehouses, commenting: “The choice to join a union is for workers alone. Anyway, Amazon, we’re here.”

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