Ostensibly frustrated by hardline reporting on his presidency from The Washington Post, owned by Amazon's billionaire founder Jeff Bezos, Mr Trump excoriated the e-commerce giant in a post on his Twitter account on Thursday.
"The #AmazonWashingtonPost, sometimes referred to as the guardian of Amazon not paying internet taxes (which they should) is FAKE NEWS!" the president tweeted Wednesday morning.
Left to Right: Apple's Tim Cook, President Trump, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos at a meeting between tech leaders and the President last week. The president may be referring to Amazon's years-long fight against paying state sales taxes. There has been a lot of debate over the past two decades on whether or not internet retailers should be responsible for collecting state sales taxes or not. He accused the daily of not paying internet taxes. Amazon is getting away with murder tax-wise.
With respect to an "internet tax", states and localities can't levy taxes on access to the web.
Despite the tweet, Amazon does not own The Washington Post.
Trump has taken shots at Bezos and Amazon on Twitter before.
Wait.is he going after Amazon now?
The tweet also comes a day after the Post reported that a fake Time Magazine cover featuring Trump, dated March 1, 2009, hangs in at least five of his golf clubs.
Major online retailers such as Amazon fall more and more under that rule by building data centers, warehouses and other facilities in multiple locations. Trump added that he read somewhere that Bezos was anxious Trump would go after him for anti-trust violations.
While it's hard to parse his tweet for specific meaning, it's likely he's resurfacing a criticism he's made about Amazon's tax practices in the past. The Timesran a front-page story saying that Republican senators were keeping Trump at arms length as it tried to write new health care legislation.