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Politico reports this morning that President Donald Trump posted a message on Twitter early this morning that accused it of hurting “tax paying retailers” and destroying jobs around the country.

The message read:

Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!

The Politico story notes that “Trump did not specifically accuse Amazon of any particular crime or tactic in his Wednesday morning post to Twitter, but he has in the past accused the retailer of reaping a competitive edge by not paying enough in taxes.” However, the story also points out that the accusation is imprecise, since Amazon currently collects sales taxes in every state that has them.

Trump has frequently conflated Amazon with the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in a personal investment; the Post has been aggressive in its coverage of the Trump administration.
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