It was just a matter of time until Donald Trump went after the far more successful Jeff Bezos.
On Wednesday morning, Trump sat down with various White House administrators and elected officials to figure out if Bezos’ ownership of the Washington Post and his position as chief executive of Amazon constituted a conflict of interest, as well as whether Amazon should be subject of greater regulatory scrutiny as its dominance continues to grow in the U.S. retail industry.
Just kidding, he sent off a bizarre tweet.
The tweet comes a day after the Post published a pretty funny story about how a fake Times magazine cover hangs in Trump’s golf clubs.
The Post has published a number of scoops that have been damaging to Trump and his presidency, but the fake magazine story appears to have cut deep.
Many of Trump’s tweets contain inaccuracies, but Wednesday’s contained an impressive amount considering Twitter’s character limit. Bradd Jaffy at NBC News summed them up nicely:
It’s also worth noting that Amazon and the Post don’t have a business relationship. Yes, the paper is owned by Bezos, who is CEO of Amazon. Amazon Prime offers a discount on the paper’s subscriptions, but they operate as entirely separate entities.
Not that Trump cares. The president has continued his attacks on the media with almost daily tweets and comments, particularly when a publication publishes a story that isn’t quite as positive as the work found in fake Times magazine.
Wednesday’s attack, however, took a step further. Trump clearly has no problem going after Amazon when he feels wronged by the Post. He’s targeting Bezos as a pressure point here, assuming that by threatening some sort of “internet tax” that he can get the paper to back off.
If anything, he’s inviting the paper to pile on. The Post has enjoyed a surge in traffic under President Trump, serving more than 1 billion pageviews in May 2017 alone.