Amazon boss calls Trumps attacks on media ‘dangerous’

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

On Twitter, he posted a screenshot of an announcement pledging to donate $2 billion to fund "existing non-profits that help homeless families, and [create] a network of new, non-profit, tier-one preschools in low-income communities".

Along with running Amazon the tech mogul owns space exploration company Blue Origin and the Washington Post newspaper.

Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said that President Trump is wrong for attacking the media. Previous to the creation of the Day One Fund, Bezos and his family had donated only $135 million to charities, including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, a nonprofit providing scholarships for the children of parents who immigrated the US illegally and most recently to a bi-partisan organization that gives campaign support to veterans running for political office.

Many on Twitter, however, did not hurry to heap praise on Bezos' new endeavor, pointing out Amazon's practices of underpaying its workers and forcing employees to work in stuffy warehouses without air conditioning.

"We will have to leave this planet, and we're going to leave it", Bezos previously told GeekWire, "and it's going to make this planet better".

What Trump "should say [of criticism] is, 'This is right, this is good".


The second will launch a network of "high-quality, full-scholarship" preschools in low-income communities, which a Day One Fund organization will directly operate. Since March 2016, Amazon customers have also been able to order items from the Mary's Place's wishlist on the site, such as diapers and socks.

"The Bezos Family Foundation - and Jeff obviously has a role in that - has been engaged with early learning initiatives for years now", Burgess said, adding that it could only help the political momentum toward universal pre-K, as Seattle's preschool program is also once again on the ballot in November.

"The customer is going to be the child", Bezos said. Go Gold boxes by Amazon are special packing boxes adorned with a gold ribbon - the worldwide symbol of childhood cancer.

Demonising the media and calling them "the enemies of the people" is unsafe, Bezos said.

The money, put into what Bezos called the Day 1 Fund, is by far his largest philanthropic donation.

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, just made a long-awaited announcement about what philanthropic causes would benefit from his enormous fortune - which has doubled in one year and is now estimated at more than $160 billion.

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