Fresh off the country's biggest holiday shopping season in years, President Trump went postal on Amazon, implying on Twitter the online merchant is taking advantage of the federal government's beleaguered email support.
Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, have been the targets of Trump's tweets before, but his Friday morning barrage did collateral damage to the U.S. Postal Service, which Trump said should charge more to send the online shopping giant's bundles.
"Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars annually, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon wealthier and the Post Office dumber and poorer?" Trump tweeted.
His comment appears to be in reaction to some "Fox & Friends" section about technology trends in the new year that was aired Friday morning. The piece focused on Amazon making shopping easier for the clients.
After the president's remarks, Amazon shares quickly reversed course in premarketing trading.
This is not the first time Trump's used Twitter to taunt Amazon.
The president has a longstanding feud with the online merchant and especially its creator.
On July 23 Trump tweeted:
"It's tough to read the Failing New York Times or the Amazon Washington Post because each story/opinion, even though should be positive, is awful!"
Trump has also claimed at times that Amazon is using financial losses in the Washington paper to reduce its tax bill.
Amazon does not have The Washington Post.
The president has also suggested Amazon does not pay taxes. And in August, accused the company of "doing great damage to tax paying merchants. Towns, cities, and countries throughout the U.S. are being hurt -- many jobs being lost!"
Regardless of the presidential digs, it has been a very great year for Bezos.
The 53-year-old business mogul saw his net worth climb to over $100 billion in November after shares of Amazon surged.
In terms of the U.S. postal service, financial problems have plagued it for ages. In September, the USPS reported a net loss of $2.1 billion in the third quarter. It marks the 11th consecutive year the USPS has lost money. In the past ten years, it has posted $65.1 billion in losses.
"Our financial situation is severe, but solvable," USPS CEO Megan Brennan stated in September. "The purpose of aggressive management activities, and regulatory and legislative reform, will return us to monetary stability and enable the Postal Service to keep the long-term affordability of email, invest in America's mailing and transport business, and best serve the American people."
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