On Wednesday morning, President Trump launched a tweet targeted at Amazon, the mega online company operated by CEO Jeff Bezos.
In the tweet, Trump writes: “Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt – many jobs being lost!”
Despite such criticism, U.S. Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis toured Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle last Thursday for a two-day outreach campaign. The campaign aimed to highlight the Pentagon’s commitment to tech innovation, according to Reuters.
Jeff Bezos met with Mattis, according to a Twitter post by Bezos. He wrote: “A pleasure to host #SecDef James Mattis at Amazon HQ in Seattle today.”
Earlier in August, thousands stormed the sites of twelve of Amazon’s shipping centers as the company held a giant job fair at locations across the US.
While the offered wages aren’t anything to write home about, countless individuals are considering working at the e-commerce company’s new warehouses, packaging and shipping customer orders in pursuit of generous health and other insurance benefits.
Amazon claimed it received “a record-breaking 20,000 applications” and hired thousands on the spot. The volume of the hiring spree was such that competing retailers have been forced to close stores.
While projections of the economic impact are mixed, the jobs offer people from different life situations with varying skills the opportunity to gain entry-level experience in the US job market. Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, said that, unfortunately, more people are likely to lose jobs at traditional retailers than get hired at one of Amazon’s warehouses, but that wages were “decent and competitive.”
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