Donald Trump lashes out at Jeff Bezos on Twitter

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Photo credit: Getty

Donald Trump appears to have mocked Amazon CEO and businessman Jeff Bezos in a Tweet posted on Monday.

It's been a tough week for Mr Bezos - on Thursday he announced his divorce from his wife of 25 years, and on Monday the President of the United States called him "Jeff Bozo" on Twitter.

"So sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than the reporting on the lobbyist newspaper the Amazon Washington Post. Hopefully, the paper will soon be placed in better and more responsible hands!" 

The "competitor" the Tweet references is The National Enquirer. 

The National Enquirer is a supermarket tabloid publication that advertises itself as having "the hottest celebrity gossip and entertainment news". 

The tabloid recently published a four month "investigation" that exposes Mr Bezos' affair with ex Fox news reporter Lauren Sanchez. 

Mr Trump is seemingly using the series of articles by The Enquirer, which detail texts and pictures between Mr Bezos and Ms Sanchez as an example of "accurate" reporting.

Within the articles, Mr Bezos is referred to as "the horn-dog billionaire", and the "so-called tech genius". The publication also accuses him of being "obsessed with his own appearance".

USA Today reports the Enquirer has ties with Mr Trump. Its publisher, David Pecker, is a long-time friend of the president, and the publication backed Trump ahead of the 2016 election. 

According to the Washington Post, the Enquirer regularly sends stories to Mr Trump to review before publication.

Mr Trump seems to imply in his Tweet that the tabloid is a more reputable publication than the Washington Post, which has been owned by Mr Bezos since 2013.

He also calls Mr Bezos publication "The Amazon Washington Post" - a mistake he has been making since 2015. 

According to The New York Times, Donald Trump has referred to the Washington Post as "The Amazon Washington Post" more than a dozen times since 2015, despite the fact Mr Bezos, not Amazon, is the owner.



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