Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Summers Compares Trump's Amazon Attack to Italy Under Mussolini

  • President has focused on the online retailer in Twitter tirade
  • Former treasury secretary says singling out company a ‘jihad’
Video player cover image
Are the White House Knives Out for Amazon?

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers called Donald Trump’s attacks on Amazon.com Inc. a “jihad” akin to what happened in Benito Mussolini’s Italy and other totalitarian states.

While saying it’s fine to give antitrust scrutiny to a large company, Summers suggested that Trump is singling out Amazon because Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post newspaper, whose coverage has drawn the president’s ire.