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Trump accuses Amazon of hurting ‘tax paying retailers’

President Donald Trump lashed out again Wednesday morning at the online retailer Amazon, accusing it of harming “tax paying retailers” and stripping jobs away from towns and cities across the country.

“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 president wrote online just after 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

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.

The president’s tax-related allegations against Amazon are unclear, since the company has been collecting sales tax in each state that has one since the beginning of April. A 1992 Supreme Court ruling generally bars states from collecting sales tax from companies that do not have a physical presence in the state.

Trump has also made a regular habit of attacking Amazon over its connection to The Washington Post, a newspaper that the president feels covers him unfairly. Both Amazon and the Post are owned by Jeff Bezos, and Trump has accused the newspaper of protecting the retail giant from an increased tax liability with its coverage.

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