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In the latest back-and-forth between the administration and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos over the administration’s economic policies, the White House struck back on Monday.
“It’s not difficult to understand why one of the world’s wealthiest people opposes an economic agenda for the middle class that reduces some of the most significant costs that families face, fights inflation over time, and contributes to the President’s historic deficit reduction by asking the wealthiest taxpayers and corporations to pay their fair share,” deputy White House press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement.
“This tweet also comes after the President spoke with labor organizers, including Amazon employees,” Bates added.
Bezos quickly responded on Twitter, accusing the White House of attempting to “muddy the matter” and divert attention away from rising inflation.
“They understand that inflation disproportionately affects the poor. However, neither unions nor wealthy people are responsible for inflation. Remember that the Administration attempted to increase government spending by another $3.5 TRILLION,” Bezos tweeted. “They failed, but had they succeeded, inflation would have been even higher than it is now, which is a 40-year high.”
The attacks on Monday are the latest in a contentious relationship between the Biden administration and Amazon.
In remarks asking for increased tax rates on corporations and the wealthiest Americans, President Biden frequently singles out Amazon for not paying federal taxes. He also met with labor officials earlier this month to discuss efforts to unionize an Amazon facility on Staten Island, New York, a first for Amazon workers.
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Over the weekend, Bezos took aim at Biden and his administration for their economic policies, arguing that raising taxes on wealthy firms would help to reduce inflation, which has been a lingering issue in the United States since last year.
“It’s fine to consider raising corporate taxes,” Bezos tweeted. “It is necessary to consider inflation control. Putting them together is just a ruse.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) saved the Biden administration “from themselves,” according to Bezos, by defeating spending ideas that would have fuelled inflation further.