Amazon's Bezos Slams Trump over Attacks on Media


Meanwhile, the "Day 1 Academies Fund" will start an organization to operate a new network of full-scholarship pre-schools for low-income communities. He wrote that he wanted to help "people in the here and now - short term - at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact". In January, he said he would donate $33 million to a scholarship fund for young "dreamers", immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.

Trump in the spring repeatedly said without evidence that package deliveries by the U.S. Postal Service for Amazon were costing the service money.

In July, Bloomberg declared that Bezos was not just the richest man in the world, but the "richest man in modern history" when his net worth exceeded $150 billion.

The announcement comes more than a year after Bezos requested input from his Twitter followers for creating a short-term philanthropy strategy.

Mr. Trump has also taken to attacking Amazon, claiming it uses the Post Office as a "delivery boy".

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At the Economic Club discussion Thursday night, in response to a question from moderator David Rubenstein about President Trump's critical statements about The Post, Bezos said public officials shouldn't lash out at the news media. You get them a job.

"I'll keep my conversations with the president to myself", he said.

Bezos said Trump and other public figures should expect public and media scrutiny, which he called "healthy". I'm glad I'm being scrutinized.' That would be so secure and confident.

Bezos, whose companies are a frequent target of Trump's criticism, didn't mention Trump by name but assailed the president's attacks on the media.

Bezos' wealth has allowed him to pay for side ventures, including starting space exploration company Blue Origin and buying The Washington Post newspaper. "It's unsafe to say they're the enemy of the people". "Most important among those will be genuine, intense customer obsession", he wrote on Twitter.

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"The customer is going to be the child", Bezos said. "We're going to push through this". "We're going to be scientific when we can be, and we're going to use heart and intuition when we have to".

"Two billion dollars is a lot of money, and it could do an incredible amount of good", said Henry Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy, a nonprofit that supports leanly-staffed philanthropic groups.

In a phone interview Friday, Lillard said her research indicates that 3- to 6-year-old children taught in "high-fidelity Montessori classrooms" advanced significantly more on all measures - executive functioning, reading, math, social problem solving-than those in low-fidelity environments.

Bezos has yet to sign The Giving Pledge, an initiative launched by Gates encouraging billionaires to commit to giving away most of their wealth.

Bezos vowed to build an organization that will start and operate the preschools, adding that, "I'm excited about that because it will give us the opportunity to learn, invent, and improve".

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