Donald Trump threatens to crush Amazon over its "antitrust problem"

"If I become president... they're going to have such problems", threatens US presidential frontrunner

Donald Trump has slammed Amazon's tax affairs, claiming that the company has "a huge antitrust problem".

The notoriously outspoken US presidential frontrunner delivered the comments in an interview with Fox News, where he also claimed that Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was manipulating US politicians for financial gain.

"[The Washington Post] is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos," Trump claimed. "He's using The Washington Post for power so that the politicians in Washington don't tax Amazon like they should be taxed".

"[Bezos] thinks I'll go after him for antitrust, because he's got a huge antitrust problem," Trump told Fox News.

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This is not the first time that Trump has fallen out with Democrat Party donor Bezos, and the real estate mogul levelled threats at Amazon and the Post earlier this year.

"Believe me, if I become president, oh, do they have problems. They're going to have such problems," he said at a rally earlier this year. "[Bezos] wanted political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it - that's not right."

Some sources have speculated that Trump's latest comments have come as a result of the Post's investigation into him. The paper announced this week that it would be tasking a team of 20 reporters to dig into the entrepreneur's life and business deals.

This is also not the first time that Amazon has been caught up in antitrust investigations. EU antitrust tzar Margrethe Vestager is currently sniffing around the company's ebook business, to determine if the company is abusing its position of market dominance.

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