‘I actually agree with this’: Trump turns on America’s tech billionaires and says there is ‘too much income disparity’ as he shares clip of Jeff Bezos’s $117bn fortune
- President Trump called for ‘changes to be made soon’ after saying there is ‘too much income disparity’ in America
- He made the comments as he shared a video clip on Twitter revealing how America’s billionaires have profited during the coronavirus pandemic
- The Business Insider report showed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, reportedly raked in a $48B between March and June
Donald Trump has hit out at America’s tech billionaires, saying there is ‘too much income disparity’ in the US, as he shared a video clip on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s multibillion-dollar fortune.
Meanwhile, 40million Americans have filed for unemployment.
Trump on Saturday said there was ‘too much income disparity’ in America after tweeting a video on Jeff Bezos’s enormous wealth
The president shared a Business Insider report which showed how Bezos and other tech billionaires have increased their profits during the coronavirus pandemic. Report showed Bezos’s net worth (the yellow line) increased a whopping $48billion between March and June, while unemployment (the orange line) dropped
The report showed Bezos, the world’s richest man who is worth $117billion, raked in a whopping $48billion between March and June.
At the same time, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan saw his income increase by $2.5billion, while former Microsoft chief and now LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer made an extra $15.7billion.
Collectively, America’s billionaires made a total of $637billion during the height of a global health crisis that has otherwise destroyed the economy, according to BI.
‘I actually agree with this. Too much income disparity! Changes must be made, and soon!’ Trump said on Twitter.
The president’s comments come days after a high-profile congressional hearing during which lawmakers accused Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google, of crushing rivals to boost profits.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, has been criticized over his immense wealth over the years
America’s largest tech firms have come under fire over the years, due to their enormous power and wealth that has led to calls for them to regulated by the government.
Bezos has also been criticized over his immense wealth, particularly when it comes to the issue of wealth disparity in America, with the billionaire being accused of greed after it was revealed Amazon had avoided paying income taxes in 2018.
It also comes amid mounting pressure for Republicans and Democrats to finalize a deal for a fourth stimulus package after the government’s $600-per-week unemployment benefits expired this week.
Trump on Thursday promised he would push for Congress to include in the fourth COVID-19 stimulus package another round of checks for Americans – similar to the $1,200 checks that were circulated, and signed by the president, earlier this year.