Washington is furious about Facebook, but Trump is reportedly 'obsessed' with Amazon

Trump listens to Jeff Bezos
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Congress may be hauling in Facebook executives for grilling about privacy safeguards, but Mark Zuckerberg apparently has nothing to fear from President Trump. Instead, five sources tell Axios, Trump is raring to go after Amazon. "He's obsessed with Amazon," a source said. "Obsessed." Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly concerned about the power Facebook and Google wield, but Trump has mused about changing Amazon's tax status and "wondered aloud if there may be any way to go after Amazon with antitrust or competition law," a source who has spoken with Trump tells Axios.

Trump has been publicly critical of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' ownership of The Washington Post, but privately he is more focused on how the online marketplace is affecting brick-and-mortar businesses — and, oddly, the U.S. Postal Service. "The whole post office thing, that's very much a perception he has," another source tells Axios. "It's been explained to him in multiple meetings that his perception is inaccurate and that the post office actually makes a ton of money from Amazon." This isn't Trump's only misperceptionThe New York Times' Maggie Haberman said Tuesday that Trump similarly continues "to rail privately about the omnibus bill, and has become convinced of things that aren't true about it," something White House officials attribute to his Fox News viewership.

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.