The Washington Post may have a bias against President Trump, but their big brother in Jeff Bezos’s portfolio, Amazon, is very pleased with the President right now. Following the French Senate passing a new tax that goes after big tech giants, President Trump ordered an inquiry into the tax similar to the inquiry used to examine China’s practices just prior to imposing tariffs on them.
The implication is clear: If France wants to treat tech companies, most of which are in the United States, with unfair tax increases, then the United States will return the favor.
Yes, it was a threat, and Amazon appreciates it.
“We applaud the Trump Administration for taking decisive action against France and for signaling to all of America’s trading partners that the U.S. government will not acquiesce to tax and trade policies that discriminate against American businesses,” Amazon said in a statement to The Washington Post.
The tax doesn’t just go after tech “giants.” It goes against technology companies making more than 25 million euros ($28 million) in French revenue and 750 million euros ($844 million) in global revenue. That’s a lot of companies, and while there are plenty of companies outside of the United States that qualify for the new retroactive tax, the vast majority are American. The White House took notice.
“The United States is very concerned that the digital services tax … unfairly targets American companies,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement on Wednesday. “The President has directed that we investigate the effects of this legislation and determine whether it is discriminatory or unreasonable and burdens or restricts United States commerce.”
This may be the first time the administration has received praise like this from a major tech company. He and his followers are usually scolded by the companies that have been at the center of European debates for a while, which include Facebook, Google, and Apple. But it isn’t just France. The entire European Union has been working on a levy against these tech companies, and other individual nations have discussed joining France in enforcing their own stopgap measures until the EU can put together a unified solution.
President Trump is defending American businesses, employees, and consumers against France and anyone else who treats us unfairly. It’s encouraging to see him receiving kudos from a company that recognizes the value of his efforts on our behalf.
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