Washington Gov. Jay Inslee defends Amazon, calling Trump attacks ‘unfounded and misguided’

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at an event in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee took aim at President Donald Trump again Tuesday, this time defending one of the top job creators in his state.

Inslee used Trump’s favorite medium to stick up for Amazon in response to a series of tweets in which the president accused the company of skirting taxes and exploiting the U.S. Postal Service, among other qualms. Amazon is headquartered in Seattle, Wash.

Over the past few days, Trump has been bashing Amazon for using USPS as its personal “Delivery Boy” and paying “little or no taxes to state & local governments.” He also accused The Washington Post of pushing Amazon’s agenda because the retailer’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, also owns the newspaper.

Fact checkers and news organizations (including GeekWire) have disputed Trump’s claims that Amazon is ripping USPS off. Package delivery is actually a rare revenue generator for the service, which is in financial trouble.

Inslee is making a habit of going after Trump. His tweet comes a few weeks after a White House summit of governors where he slammed the president’s proposal to arm teachers in the wake of the deadly Parkland, Fla. school shooting. “We need a little less tweeting here and a little more listening,” Inslee said.