Amazon-Whole Ingredients: Trump Management Probably May Not Block Deal

Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign trail animosity toward Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, his administration likely will not seek an antitrust case to block Amazon’s deal to buy Whole Foods, according to two antitrust law experts.
Still, Hovenkamp and Fox note that Trump’s nominee for assistant attorney general for antitrust, Makan Delrahim, has a track record suggesting he would not challenge the Amazon-Whole Foods deal.
I don’t really see an antitrust concern,” said Herbert Hovenkamp, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania law school and an antitrust scholar.
Delrahim, a former deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division, would be in charge of reviewing corporate mergers for the Trump administration.
After the $13.7 billion deal was announced Friday, some critics said it would give Amazon an outsize presence in too many pockets of the U.S. economy.

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