- President Donald Trump is reportedly "obsessed" with Amazon.
- Trump has waged a lengthy war against the company.
Axios reported that Trump is "obsessed" with the company, according to a source that spoke to the publication. Trump, the source said, is eyeing legal means to take down Amazon. Axios wrote that Trump believes the company is harming smaller companies and wants to curtail its dominance on online shopping.
Trump wants to do so by considering a change in Amazon's tax status or utilizing antitrust law against the company.
But the president has been waging war against the internet giant for more than a year.
In December, he tweeted that the e-commerce giant was unfairly reaping the benefits of a great deal with the US Postal Service, something that Axios reported Wednesday was still very much on Trump's mind. Trump said the deal was enriching Amazon while making the USPS "dumber and poorer."
"Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer?"Trump tweeted. "Should be charging MUCH MORE!"
In August, he accused the company of doing "great damage to tax paying retailers," adding that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt — many jobs being lost!"
And beginning in December 2016, Trump took hit after hit at The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon's founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, tying the publication to Amazon.
He accusedThe Post ofpossibly beinga "lobbyist weapon" for the company, seeking to keep politicians "from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly." He called the publication a "big tax shelter" for Amazon, the stock of which he said would "crumble like a paper bag" if the company "ever had to pay fair taxes."And he attempted to brandthe paper as the "#AmazonWashingtonPost."
Though Trump and Bezos have been part of a few meetings together, the Amazon CEO has raised eyebrows by appearing to wear his emotions on his sleeve. His expressions don'tsuggest any sort of chemistry between the two leaders.
Amazon does have a lot working in its favoras it faces headwinds from Trump. An August poll from theleft-leaning Public Policy Pollingfound that 53% of Trump voters held a favorable view of Amazon, while just 20% held an unfavorable view of the company. Another 27% said they were not sure.
Among all respondents, 60% held favorable views of Amazon, while 13% viewed the company unfavorably and 26% were unsure.
And a recent Reuters poll found that 60% of online shoppers planned to use Amazon for most of their holiday purchases, a 10-point increase in just two years.Their main competitors, Walmart, Target, and Macy's, all saw a decline in the percentage of shoppers who used their online services.
"Violations of the law will be enforced," the official said.