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White House hits back at Amazon’s Bezos after Biden inflation spat

The White House on Monday hit back at Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos after he took a swipe at President Joe Biden in a series of tweets over the weekend for his comments on inflation.

The exchange began Friday when Biden tweeted, without directly referring to Amazon: “You want to bring down inflation? Let’s make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.”

Bezos responded to Biden’s tweet by accusing him of “misdirection”, arguing that there’s no link between inflation and corporate taxes.

“Raising corp taxes is fine to discuss. Taming inflation is critical to discuss. Mushing them together is just misdirection,” Bezos wrote. He further criticized the Biden administration’s approach to inflation in a tweet on Sunday.

He said the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which Biden signed into law last March, contributed to a spike in inflation. Bezos also asserted that inflation is most harmful to the poor.

White House spokesperson Andrew Bates responded in a statement saying “it doesn’t require a huge leap to figure out why.” Bezos, the world’s second-wealthiest person, would oppose Biden’s proposal to hike taxes on the ultra-wealthy and corporations.

“It’s also unsurprising that this tweet comes after the President met with labor organizers, including Amazon employees,” Bates said in a statement. Bezos responded to the White House’s statement in a tweet, accusing the Biden administration of trying to “muddy the topic.”

“They know inflation hurts the neediest the most,” Bezos wrote. “But unions aren’t causing inflation and neither are wealthy people.”

Earlier this month, Biden appeared at a meeting with labor organizers, including Chris Smalls, the president of Amazon Labor Union, a grassroots group that, in April, succeeded in organizing an Amazon warehouse on New York’s Staten Island, marking the e-commerce company’s first union in the U.S. Biden also recently voiced support for unionization efforts at Amazon.

During an address at a trade union national conference, he appeared to boost attempts to organize Amazon warehouses, remarking: “The choice to join a union belongs to workers alone. By the way, Amazon, here we come.”

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