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 conference on Wednesday, while disputing questions of antitrust and the provider’s growing market power.
In the GeekWire Summit at Seattle, Carney, who formerly served as Obama’s press secretary, held no punches against Trump, a frequent critic of the business, saying he does not feel like the current administration is operating in the best interest of the nation.
“Virtually with no exception, everyone I dealt with in [previous] administrations, if I agreed or disagreed with what they thought were the ideal policy decisions or the perfect way to approach things, I never doubted they were patriots,” Carney said. “I don’t feel that way now.”
For instance, Carney said Trump’s recent attacks on the Federal Reserve was unprecedented, saying he had been advised to “never ever talk about the Fed or interest rates” during his time at the White House, as it might be considered tampering with the Fed. He also questioned the current government’s credibility, including, “I never lied.”
“It’s not a place that I recognize,” Carney said, referring to the recent White House.
When asked about Amazon’s enormous market power and the growing evaluation on possible anticompetitive behaviour, Carney said there is a misperception about Amazon’s true dimension. He pointed to the oft-cited amount of Amazon accounting for less than 4% of retail in the U.S. and less than 1% worldwide, while stating Amazon’s approximately 40% market share in U.S. e-commerce was relevant given nearly all significant retailers are in both physical and online trade nowadays.
“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 said.
Carney, who joined Amazon in 2015, is one of those most senior officers at Amazon. He runs both the media and coverage groups, and reports directly to CEO Jeff Bezos.