Add Amazon's Bezos to Growing List of Tech Execs Lashing Out Against Trump - TheStreet

Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Report CEO Jeff Bezos has joined the chorus of Silicon Valley leaders who are speaking out against President Donald Trump's executive order, signed on Friday, that barred refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. 

In an internal memo to employees, Bezos said that Amazon's public policy team has reached out to "senior administration officials" to voice their opposition to the policy, Forbes reports. Bezos added that Amazon is backing a lawsuit filed by Washington state's attorney general, Bob Ferguson, against Trump over his executive order on immigration. 

Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report is also working with Washington state's attorney general, providing the office with information on the order's impact "in order to be supportive," according to  Reuters

"This executive order is one we do not support," Bezos wrote. "We're a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years." 

Bezos added that the e-commerce giant intends to use the "full extent" of its resources to support any U.S. and international employees affected by the order. 

Bezos had drawn criticism for not issuing a statement in the days following news of Trump's executive order. Amazon's head of HR did comment over the weekend, saying that the company is "committed to equal rights, tolerance and diversity."

While on the campaign trail, Bezos was the subject of Trump's criticism when he said Bezos was using  The Washington Post as a tax shelter for the e-commerce company. Bezos bought the newspaper in 2013. Bezos later suggested in a series of tweets that Trump should be sent into space, but issued a more conciliatory statement following Trump's successful bid for the White House. 

Others noted that many of the U.S.' largest telecommunications companies,  AT&T  (T) - Get ReportVerizon  (VZ) - Get ReportSprint (S) - Get Report and  T-Mobile (TMUS) - Get Report have not yet commented on the travel ban. The telecom giants may so far be mute on the topic because they could be seeking regulatory approval on M&A from the Trump administration,  Recodereports

Meanwhile, a growing list of tech executives have issued statements, pledged to provide legal assistance or donated to funds to organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union.  Facebook (FB) - Get Report , Apple (AAPL) - Get Report , Netflix (NFLX) - Get Report , Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Report and Tesla Motors (TSLA) - Get Report are among the many companies who have denounced the travel ban so far.

Shares of Amazon were slightly lower by 0.1% to $829.55 in after-hours trading on Monday.

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