President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Kelly Conway told CNBC on Wednesday that Amazon is “a profound threat to the United States economy.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that Conway said that the internet giant has grown so much in the last decade that “anyone can go to Amazon and buy anything.”
She also said Amazon’s business model is “more like a pyramid scheme,” adding that “the government is getting away with more than it’s paying.”
“We have a pyramid scam in this country,” Conway said.
“I don’t know how anyone can continue to think that Amazon can’t make money.”
She said that Amazon “seems to be making money on the backs of American taxpayers, which I think is very troubling.
I think that’s a big concern.”
Amazon has faced mounting criticism for its business model and the way it profits from the sale of e-books and other content online.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos owns a $25 billion stake in the company, and Amazon CEO Jeff Lord owns a stake worth $3.4 billion.
Conway was one of several top White House aides to weigh in on the controversy.
Conway said Wednesday that she had “no idea” what the president’s views were on Amazon.
“My understanding is the president has his own views on this,” Conway told the program.
“He doesn’t want to hear from Amazon.”
“The president has an enormous amount of respect for Amazon and they’ve been incredibly helpful to him,” Conway added.
“And I don’t think we should be dismissing Amazon because of politics.”
Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, but the company also operates a number of smaller online retailers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and Australia.
The company has also said that it has no plans to move to China or India.