Amazon’s top spokesperson Jay Carney slams Trump administration

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Jay Carney, Senior Vice President Corporate Affairs, Amazon.

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Amazon‘s top spokesperson Jay Carney criticized President Trump on stage at a tech convention on Wednesday, whereas disputing questions of antitrust and the corporate’s rising market energy.

At the GeekWire Summit in Seattle, Carney, who beforehand served as Obama’s press secretary, held no punches in opposition to Trump, a frequent critic of the corporate, saying he does not really feel like the present administration is working in the very best curiosity of the nation. 

“Virtually with no exception, everyone I dealt with in [previous] administrations, whether I personally agreed or disagreed with what they thought were the right policy decisions or the right way to approach things, I never doubted that they were patriots,” Carney stated. “I don’t feel that way now.”

For instance, Carney stated Trump’s latest assaults on the Federal Reserve was unprecedented, saying he was instructed to “never ever talk about the Fed or interest rates” throughout his time within the White House, because it could possibly be seen as tampering with the Fed. He additionally questioned the present administration’s credibility, including, “I never lied.”

“It’s not a place that I recognize,” Carney stated, referring to the present White House.

When requested about Amazon‘s large market energy and the rising scrutiny on potential anticompetitive habits, Carney stated there is a misperception about Amazon‘s true dimension. He pointed to the oft-cited determine of Amazon accounting for lower than 4% of retail within the U.S. and fewer than 1% globally, whereas saying Amazon‘s roughly 40% market share in U.S. e-commerce was much less related given nearly all main retailers are in each on-line and bodily commerce lately.

“What I found around the country, and sometimes around the world, is that the perception of Amazon is a little different from the reality,” Carney stated.

Carney, who joined Amazon in 2015, is among the most senior officers at Amazon. He runs each the press and coverage groups, and stories on to CEO Jeff Bezos.


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