Companies Trump has slammed or praised on Twitter
Companies Trump has slammed or praised on Twitter
President Donald Trump is known for speaking out on Twitter, where he has 53 million followers. His feed is most active early in the morning—which makes sense since he claims he only sleeps around four hours a night.
Many of Trump's criticisms are aimed at members of the press, a group he's openly referred to as an “enemy of the people” and “dangerous and sick”. Trump doesn’t just go after the press, however. He has also blasted companies like Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Amazon. Sometimes he sends out positive feedback, too—including praise for L.L. Bean, a Holiday Inn Express, and NASCAR. He's also had plenty of kind words to say about his own properties (though many aren’t thriving post-election).
Using data from The New York Times and other news sources, along with an archive of the president’s Twitter feed, Stacker compiled a list of 30 businesses that have received positive or negative attention from the president on social media. Click through to see which companies make it into Trump’s tweets.
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Tweet: I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!
Date: March 29, 2018
Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the shipping giant. One recent complaint accuses the company of hurting the United States Post Office and not paying enough in taxes. The president has also taken aim at Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, saying Bezos does not pay his employees enough and that the paper is used to lobby for Amazon.
Tweet: Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean. @LBPerfectMaine
Date: Jan. 12, 2017
Trump tweeted out a thank-you in 2017 to L.L. Bean heiress Linda Bean, whose grandfather founded the clothing company. He encouraged his followers to “Buy L.L. Bean.” Before the election, Bean contributed $30,000 to Make America Great Again LLC, a pro-Trump PAC.
Tweet: Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!
Date: Sept. 5, 2018
Nike ran a controversial but successful ad in September featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who protested racial injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem before an NFL game. Despite the president’s tweet, the athletic apparel company’s sales and shares did fine after the ad ran.
Tweet: .....Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!
Date: Aug.10, 2018
Trump is not a fan of NFL players who practice their First Amendment right to protest by refusing to stand during the national anthem. In addition to saying players should be suspended, Trump also tweeted that players "wanted to show their 'outrage' at something that most of them are unable to define."
Tweet: Google search results for “Trump News” shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out. Illegal? 96% of... results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous. Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be addressed!
Date: Aug. 28, 2018
In two successive tweets, Trump claimed the search engine displayed more negative than positive stories about him and other Republicans, and threatened to look into whether Google should be regulated. The president also falsely accused Google of not linking to the State of the Union address.
Tweet: Twitter “SHADOW BANNING” prominent Republicans. Not good. We will look into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once! Many complaints.
Date: July 26, 2018
President Trump accused Twitter of limiting the visibility of certain Republican accounts. Twitter’s stock fell 1% after the president’s tweet. The social media company denied the claim but nevertheless adjusted its platform after the accusation.
Tweet: Big day on Thursday for Indiana and the great workers of that wonderful state.We will keep our companies and jobs in the U.S. Thanks Carrier
Date: Nov. 29, 2016
In 2016, Trump praised Carrier, an Indianapolis-based company that makes air conditioners and other equipment, for keeping jobs in the U.S. United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones questioned the president’s claim to have saved 1,100 jobs at the plant. Trump responded to Jones by tweet, claiming Jones "has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!”
Tweet: Chrysler is moving a massive plant from Mexico to Michigan, reversing a years long opposite trend. Thank you Chrysler, a very wise decision. The voters in Michigan are very happy they voted for Trump/Pence. Plenty of more to follow!
Date: Jan. 11, 2018
Trump sent a series of tweets in 2012 predicting Chrysler would send all Jeep manufacturing to China if Obama was elected. He thanked the company in 2018 for bringing jobs back to Michigan, and in a separate tweet claimed Chrysler was indicative of a larger trend of American businesses bringing jobs back to the United States.
Tweet: Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
Date: Dec. 6, 2016
Boeing's stock fell 1% following President Trump's 2016 tweet claiming the replacement cost of Air Force One was too high. Despite saying he would cancel the order, the Pentagon confirmed a $3.9 billion order with the aerospace company for two new jets that will serve the president.
Tweet: Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
The president started tweeting about Apple long before he was president. It was 2013 when he lamented the loss of Steve Jobs and his disapproval of the small size of iPhone screens. He later tweeted about selling his Apple stock. In 2018, he encouraged the company to make their products in the U.S. to avoid tariffs.
General Motors Company
Tweet: General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!
Date: Jan. 3, 2017
When General Motors Company announced it would build its Chevy Blazer in Mexico, the decision was criticized by President Trump and the United Automobile Workers union. The president has threatened a 25% tariff on imported auto parts and vehicles, a move that GM and other automakers oppose.
Tweet: Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! U.S. will soon have a level playing field, or better.
Date: Aug. 12, 2018
Trump tweeted his support for a Harley-Davidson boycott after he spoke at a “Bikers for Trump” rally at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. Reps from the motorcycle company said Harley-Davidson could lose up to $100 million after the European Union raised tariffs on motorcycles shipping from the U.S. from 6% to 31% in response to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Tweet: .@Macys was one of the worst performing stocks on the S&P last year, plunging 46%. Very disloyal company. Another win for Trump! Boycott.
Date: Jan. 7, 2016
Trump praised Macy's in 2013 for carrying his clothing line. But he changed his tune when the department store chain dropped Trump’s products after the soon-to-be president made derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants. There’s no way to know for sure if Trump’s words directly affected the company's bottom line. Nevertheless, Macy’s stock price did slump following Trump’s tweets. Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren stands by the company’s decision to dump Trump.
Tweet: Thank you Brian Krzanich, CEO of @Intel. A great investment ($7 BILLION) in American INNOVATION and JOBS! #AmericaFirst??
Date: Feb. 8, 2017
Though the Arizona Samsung factory project began in 2011, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stood alongside President Trump in 2018 to announce the company would finish the job. The factory, called Fab 42, will allegedly support 10,000 long-term jobs.
Tweet: So nice to get an endorsement from the founder and owner of Pizza Ranch in Iowa! A great guy and great places! #CaucusForTrump
Date: Jan. 31, 2016
Tweet: My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!
Date: Feb. 8, 2017
In a move that sparked an ethics debate, Trump took to Twitter to complain about Nordstrom after the department store chain dropped Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. Nordstrom cited poor sales, not politics, as the reason the luxury chain stopped selling Ivanka’s brand.
Tweet: Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.
Date: Jan. 5, 2017
Trump complained in 2017 about Toyota’s decision to build a facility in Mexico. Eight months later he showered praise on Toyota and Mazda for their publicized plans to build a plant in the U.S. Trump continued his flattery of the two car manufacturers in January of 2018 for their plans build a plant in Huntsville, Ala.
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Tweet: Both Aberdeen and Turnberry in Scotland, and the soon to open Doonbeg in Ireland, blow Bandon Dunes away. Bandon is a toy by comparison!
Date: Oct. 20, 2015
Four months after announcing his bid for president, Trump took a shot at Oregon’s Bandon Dunes Golf Resort while praising three of his own international resorts. The U.S. government paid more than $77,000 to SLC Turnberry Ltd., the Trump company that owns Turnberry, for a presidential visit in July 2018.
Tweet: Thank you to Novartis for not increasing your prices on prescription drugs. Likewise to Pfizer. We are making a big push to actually reduce the prices, maybe substantially, on prescription drugs.
Date: July 19, 2018
Pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Pfizer responded to pressure from the president with a promise to pull back on drug price increases. Trump had previously accused Pfizer and other medical companies of taking advantage of consumers.
AOL, Huffington Post
Tweet: The Huffington Post is such a loser--it will die just as AOL is dying, What a stupid deal AOL made to buy it!
Date: Aug. 16, 2012
Trump criticized AOL for purchasing The Huffington Post several times on Twitter. He echoed his thoughts in 2014 by tweeting, “Huffington Post is just upset that I said its purchase by AOL has been a disaster and that Arianna Huffington is ugly both inside and out!” In 2015, he similarly let Verizon know he thought the company's purchase of AOL was a “STUPID deal.”
Tweet: Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!
Date: Dec. 22, 2016
Under the 2019 budget for the Department of Defense, Boeing and Lockheed Martin received a higher spending budget. In June, Trump praised the Lockheed Martin jet, saying the U.S. buys “billions and billions worth of that beautiful F-35.”
Tweet: Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!
Date: Aug. 14, 2017
After President Trump defended white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Va., Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from the president’s American Manufacturing Council. Trump’s tweet came shortly after Frazier posted his resignation on Twitter.
Tweet: The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!
Date: Feb. 17, 2017
Members of the national news media frequently come under fire on Trump’s Twitter feed. The president claims that “fake news,”—not the press in general—is the true enemy of the people. However, he also says about 80% of all American media falls into this category. United Nations experts have warned that Trump’s treatment of the press raises the threat of violence against journalists.
Tweet: .@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!
Date: Nov. 25, 2017
Trump frequently appears on Fox News and praises hosts such as Sean Hannity. The president recently said the conservative network was “MANDATORY watching” in order to understand what he refers to as the “Russian Hoax.”
Tweet: “Ford has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the U.S. because of the prospect of higher U.S. Tariffs.” CNBC. This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!
Date: Sept. 9, 2018
Trump tweeted in 2016 that he worked with Bill Ford, Ford's executive chairman, to keep a Lincoln plant in Kentucky. A Ford spokeswoman said the Trump presidency had nothing to do with the decision. Then in September 2018, Trump tweeted that the carmaker could make the Focus Active in the U.S. instead of having to pay tariffs on Chinese-made versions of the car. The company swiftly put out a statement explaining it would not be doing so, saying such an undertaking "would not be profitable."
Holiday Inn Express in Indiana
Tweet: I am in Indiana where we just had a great rally. Fantastic people! Staying at a Holiday Inn Express - new and clean, not bad!
Date: April 27, 2016
Trump made an appearance during the 2016 presidential campaign with basketball coach Bobby Knight at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Trump then tweeted about his stay at a Holiday Inn Express.
Tweet: So proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans. They won't put up with disrespecting our Country or our Flag - they said it loud and clear!
Date: Sept. 25, 2017
Time Warner Cable
Tweet: Time Warner cable out AGAIN in Manhattan - no television. They have a real problem!
Date: May 10, 2014
Before he was president, Trump complained about his Time Warner Cable service in New York. He tweeted years later that he opposed AT&T purchasing Time Warner Cable. Still, AT&T acquired the company in June.