Donald Trump has been “obsessed” with Amazon.com for a long time, because the online company is owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post and is wealthier than Trump. It’s a case of despicable presidential contempt: the Republican president hates the newspaper’s excellent coverage, which causes Trump to despise its owner, which causes the jealous president to hate the owner’s other businesses.
Trump has argued, both privately and publicly, that Amazon is really a tax-dodging company that unfairly exploits the Postal Service. Wall Street Journal reported in April that White House officials, who are eager to help the delusional president understand reality, put together several “PowerPoint presentations and briefing papers they believed debunked his concerns.”
Trump, of course, was unmoved by the facts and evidence. He feels he’s right regarding Amazon, and in this dysfunctional White House, that ends the conversation.
What is the Republican prepared to “win” his manufactured feud? Washington Post reports today about one alarming scenario.
President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of dollars.
Brennan has so far resisted Trump’s demand, explaining in multiple conversations occurring this year and last that these arrangements are bound by contracts and must be reviewed by a regulatory commission, the three people said. She has told the president that the Amazon relationship is beneficial for the Postal Service and gave him a set of slides that showed the variety of companies, in addition to Amazon, that also partner for deliveries.
The Post reported that Brennan and President Trump “have met at the White House about the matter several times,” even though none of the meetings were on Trump’s publicly accessible schedule.
Trump is the cause of a great number of scandals, but if this is true then the president abused his office to punish a company that he dislikes personally, an unusually outrageous abuse of presidential power.
Given Donald Trump’s preoccupation with Watergate, it may interest the Trump to know that almost a half-century ago, former president Richard Nixon, among many other things, attempted to use the IRS as his political weapon to punish his political foes.
Those actions have long been viewed as a terrible abuse of his presidential power. The echo is no different.