Jeff Bezos: Trump should welcome media scrutiny

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Appearing before the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday evening, Bezos warned elected officials that criticizing reporters is an afront to an "essential component of our democracy".

The same scrutiny should apply to US presidents, Bezos said, without naming Trump. I'm glad I'm being scrutinized.' That would be so secure and confident. "But it is really unsafe to demonize the media. It's unsafe to say they're the 'enemy of the people'".

The so-called Day One Fund will be multi-billionaire businessman's most significant foray into philanthropy to date. "In the caption, he wrote, "September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month", he further wrote that Amazon employees around the globe will be wearing pjs to work to show their solidarity and support to children suffering from the deadly disease".

Bezos said his decision to select Seattle for Amazon's original home base was due to Microsoft being there and he had plenty of technical talent to pull from in city.

Following the event, PJM asked Bezos for his opinion of the Sanders bill but he declined to comment. It will support organisations that provide shelter and food for homeless families and will start a network of nonprofit Montessori-inspired preschools for underserved communities.

Even so, Amazon insisted it was "deeply committed" to tackling homelessness in Seattle and said it would continue to invest in local nonprofits that work with the homeless. Bezos said it is important for politicians not to vilify big businesses since they can create so much value. Zuckerberg's shares in the social network are now valued at about US$61 billion. "But we're going to make a final pitch".

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"The customer is going to be the child", Bezos said.

"There's been a movement away from band-aid solutions", said Ray Madoff, director of the Boston College Law School Forum on Philanthropy and the Public Good.

Since then, he and his wife have built the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which had an endowment of US$51 billion at the end of 2017 and pledges to spend all its resources within 20 years of its founders' deaths.

Bezos, now the world's richest person, asked Twitter followers a year ago for ideas about how he should shape his "philanthropy strategy".

This article was written by Christian Davenport and Abha Bhattarai, reporters for The Washington Post.

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