Amazon founder Jeff Bezos played down Donald Trump's characterization of the media as the "enemy of the people" in a presentation on Thursday calling the president's rhetoric against the media "dangerous" and wrong. .
"What the president should say is:" This is right, this is good, I'm glad you scrutinized me, "and that would be so safe and secure," said Bezos, the owner of The Washington Post.
"But it's really dangerous to demonize the media." It is dangerous to call lowlifes to the media, it is dangerous to say that they are the enemy of the people, "he said at a forum of the Economic Club of Washington.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos played down Donald Trump's characterization of the media as the "enemy of the people" in a presentation on Thursday calling the president's rhetoric against the media "dangerous" and wrong.
IT WILL NOT TAKE US DOWN: Bezos said that Amazon, which has been another frequent target of Trump's criticism, will survive "any regulation" that the government presents.
Bezos said that the media, like his technology company, "will be fine" and will "move forward" despite Trump's attacks.
He said that Amazon, which has been another frequent target of Trump's criticism, will survive "whatever regulation" the government presents.
& # 39; I defend the Post & # 39 ;, explained Bezos. "I do not feel the need to defend Amazon."
The richest living man advised the multimillionaire president not to react to the negative headlines in such a vindictive and vindictive manner.
"We live in a society where not only are the laws of the land protecting us, they are also social norms that protect us, and every time you attack that, you are eroding it a bit by the edges," he said.
All large institutions should be inspected, even the government and large companies said: "It is not personal."
"There is not a public figure who likes the headlines, that's fine, it's part of the process," Bezos said, imploring Trump to appreciate the scrutiny of his government.
Trump has accused Bezos of using the Washington Post to lobby on behalf of Amazon, even though the newspaper's publisher says the owner of the company has no say in the editorial content.
Threatened a revision of Amazon's contract with the US Postal Service. UU Last spring, but until now nothing has come of the dispute that intensified when Trump claimed that the company was ruining the government's package delivery service.
"Just fools, or worse, they say that losing money in our post office makes money with Amazon, LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed," Trump tweeted in April. "In addition, our retailers who pay all taxes are closing stores across the country … not on equal terms!"
Trump said Amazon would lose billions if the postal service increased its parcel rates.
"This Post Office scam must stop," he said. & # 39; Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now! & # 39;
A source told the Axios news website that Trump was "obsessed with Amazon" and that he was looking for a way to "go after him" just when the president decided to rage against the company and reduce his actions. It has moved, for the moment, to other issues, such as the intermediate terms and the investigation into the meddling in the Russian elections headed by Robert Mueller.
Bezos played down the previous criticisms in a stage interview on the Trump front on Thursday.
"We are so inventive that whatever regulation is enacted, however it works, that will not stop us from serving customers," he said at the event that was held a few blocks from the White House.
The appearance in Washington fueled speculation that Amazon could choose one of the three sites in the D.C. for its second headquarters. Amazon has reduced its options to 20 locations.
Bezos only said that a decision would be made before the end of the year, according to CNN.
He also fell silent about his private conversations with the president, whom he met twice since Trump won the 2016 election in New York and Washington.
"I will keep my conversations with the president for me," he said. "But, yes, I've had a couple of conversations with him."