If it’s Friday morning and his cell phone is working, you can bet that Donald Trump is firing off ridiculous tweets about whatever stray thought happened to cross his mind.
Sure enough, Trump was in rare form, attacking the U.S. Post Office for not charging enough to ship packages for online retailer Amazon:
Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
In case you’re wondering what set Trump off on this Twitter tangent, it likely has something to do with a report on his favorite show, Fox & Friends, which suggested Amazon was a company to watch in 2018 because of innovations they’re making to improve the online shopping experience.
But Trump has long had an ax to grind with Amazon and its CEO, Jeff Bezos. Bezos was recently named the third richest person in the world, with a net worth of at least $72.8 billion, far ahead of Trump, who shows up at #156 and has a net worth of $3.7 billion, down $800 million from 2016.
Trump also harbors a great deal of animosity towards Bezos because he owns The Washington Post, which has repeatedly published reports of just how out of control Trump is as president.
While Trump was busy attacking Amazon and the Post Office, others on Twitter were quick to remind Trump that once again he was only getting part of the facts right with his tweet. And others reminded Trump that he doesn’t understand the basics of business:
The Post Office charges Amazon and others less because they buy in BULK. It's a business strategy that many companies use. They make more money in the long run by giving Amazon a break. This is passed along to us, the shoppers!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) December 29, 2017
You've decimated every other Federal agency … So now it's USPS's turn I guess. Don't you have a private Trump Postal Service ready to cash in yet?
— 🖕🏳️🌈Liberally👱♀️Blonde🏳️🌈🖕 (@Lady_Sisyphus22) December 29, 2017
Do you not understand how Amazon or real businesses operate? Is that why YOURS are SUCH a failure?? And out of what cloud of booze or medications or sundowning are you all of a sudden attacking USPS?? Maybe you meant the Pony Express reinstated??
— carrie luckas (@carrieluckas) December 29, 2017
Why are you so jealous of Jeff Bezos? That's what this is all about… has nothing to do with the USPS.
— Meghan Chavalier🌎 (@MeghanChavalier) December 29, 2017
Why is the United States federal government, which is losing many hundred billions of dollars a year, while taxing wealthy corporations and individuals so little, making them richer and the rest of America poorer? Should be taxing MUCH MORE!
— Simon Hedlin (@simonhedlin) December 29, 2017
The Post Office isn't a business, it is supposed to be affordable for all Americans. This isn't one of your businesses. Plus, your pals in Congress are the ones who set postal rates.
— Don't Leave Blank (@WTFisGoingOnDon) December 29, 2017
OK, so it's like this Donnie. Amazon is a business and they negotiate business rates to their advantage. Not being a good businessman or negotiator you wouldn't understand this idea.
— James Williams (@edujdw) December 29, 2017
I could describe the pension funding legislation passed many years ago that essentially gut the chances of USPS ever breaking even, but you have neither the intelligence or patience to understand.
— Eric Wells (@aewells) December 29, 2017
When does your job actually start ?
— Lorenzo Sintes (@lorenzosintes95) December 29, 2017
The one bright spot in this entire matter is by now Trump is probably “back to work,” just the way he said he’d be the minute Christmas was over with. Translation: He’s playing golf right now, which is his idea of working. As long as it keeps him off Twitter and away from the nuclear codes, it’s a good thing.