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Jeff Bezos changes tune on Trump

USA TODAY USA TODAY 11/11/2016 Brett Molina

So much for sending Donald Trump to space.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered congratulations to the president-elect Thursday after his election victory, following several critical comments during the campaign questioning Trump's push to the White House.

"I for one give him my most open mind and wish him great success in his service to the country," wrote Bezos on Twitter about Trump's victory.

Bezos has criticized Trump in the past for how he ran his presidential campaign, claiming it "erodes our democracy." Bezos — owner of the aerospace company Blue Origin — also joked about sending Trump to space.

"I have a rocket company, so the capability is there," said Bezos during a talk at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit held last month in San Francisco. Bezos also discussed Facebook's move to keep venture capitalist Peter Thiel — a Trump supporter — on its board of directors. 

"Peter Thiel is a contrarian, first and foremost," Bezos said, as reported by Vanity Fair. "You just have to remember that contrarians are usually wrong."

In a May interview with Sean Hannity, Trump said Bezos used his purchase of The Washington Post in 2013 "for power so that the politicians in Washington don't tax Amazon like they should be taxed." Trump also claimed Bezos "has a huge anti-trust problem."

Trump's win, which defied many polls, has prompted an abrupt reconsideration by the tech industry about its relationship with the U.S. government and its connection with much of the country.

Aside from Facebook director and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, few in tech openly supported Trump, and many gave large donations and other support to Hillary Clinton, whose win was expected to continue a generally collaborative relationship between the White House and Silicon Valley. 

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