Since the 2016 election, Donald Trump has utilized his Twitter account to the fullest to dish out regular harassment to companies he has even the smallest gripes with. With over 66 million followers on the social media platform, the president can easily dispatch a public relations nightmare for the company of his choosing.
Trump has caused massive controversy for these companies, oftentimes with no clear or justifiable reason.
17. ABC News
The most recent President Trump ABC News drama came this past September when the president blasted ABC News for the network’s reporting of his claims that Hurricane Dorian was expected to impact Alabama. “Such a phony hurricane report by lightweight reporter @jonkarl of @ABCWorldNews. I suggested yesterday at FEMA that, along with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, even Alabama could possibly come into play, which WAS true,” he tweeted.” “They made a big deal about this.”
Trump raised eyebrows when he tweeted that Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama would “most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated” and that “Alabama is going to get a piece” of the storm. The National Weather Service even stepped in, tweeting a response to Trump in order to calm the confusion (and panic) he had caused. “Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian,” the agency reported.
Trump took to Twitter to blast the retailer’s decision to no longer carry merchandise from his daughter, Ivanka Trump’s clothing and accessory line. The newly seated president claimed that his daughter had been “treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom” in a February 2017 tweet. This came shortly after Nordstrom announced it wouldn’t purchase Ivanka Trump brand items for the upcoming fall season, citing declining sales.
15. Lockheed Martin
In December 2016, Trump publicly called out the company in regards to the “tremendous” costs of their Lockheed Martin F-35. In the same tweet, he threatened to “price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet” from Boeing, one of Lockheed Martin’s competitors. The CEO of Lockheed Martin made a phone call to the president-elect in the days after his jab was released onto the Twitter timeline. During this phone call, she swore her “personal commitment” to cut the costs of the F-35 aircraft.
Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of this pharmaceutical company, was one of the first executives to step down from one of Trump’s business advisory councils after the incidents of protest in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Within minutes, Trump attacked both Frazier and his company in a series of tweets. “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!,” the president ranted. “@Merck Pharma is a leader in higher & higher drug prices while at the same time taking jobs out of the U.S. Bring jobs back & LOWER PRICES!”
13. NBC and MSNBC
Trump loves to take aim at NBC, and sometimes even attacks their parent company, Comcast, directly. Trump accused Comcast of firing former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren “because she refused to go along w/ ‘Trump hate!’” and also chastised the company for firing Matt Lauer over accusation of sexual misconduct while the rest of NBC and Comcast remains employed despite “putting out so much fake news.”
Trump has taken a special disliking to NBC’s extremely popular and long-running comedy special “Saturday Night Live,” a program that has been satirizing presidents for decades but has taken particularly hard jabs at Trump’s administration.
Trump showed his disdain for the social media platform during his first year in office when he tweeted complaints that the company had unfairly helped Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election—”Crooked Hillary Clinton spent hundreds of millions of dollars more on Presidential Election than I did. Facebook was on her side, not mine!”
Amid accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, he stated that “Facebook was always anti-Trump” and that Russians targeted Facebook users with political ads.
Toyota is not the only car manufacturer that Trump has threatened to hit with a hefty “border tax.” GM and Ford have also been on the receiving end of Trump’s attacks, but Trump targeted Toyota specifically in a January 2017 tweet. “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY!” the president stated. “Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.”
Then, in August, Toyota announced it would build the Corolla at a new, $1.6 billion US manufacturing plant, and would make Tacoma pickup trucks at the Mexico plant instead. Trump, whose main selling point during the election was that he would boost the American economy, applauded the move as a “great investment in American manufacturing.”
In 2016 after the aerospace company’s CEO fretted publicly about president-elect Donald Trump’s anti-trade views, Trump attacked the company on Twitter, exaggerating the costs of a Boeing project to build new jets and threatening to cancel the contract.
Boeing had been contracted to design a new presidential aircraft, known as Air Force One, to begin service in 2024. In his tweet, Trump claimed that the plane would cost more than $4 billion. An Air Force spokesperson told Quartz that the service is working with Boeing to identify the final cost of the program, and has budgeted $2.7 billion for the two to three aircraft, “but expect this number to change as the program matures with the completion of the risk reduction activities.”
A 2016 analysis of the program by the government’s auditors estimated the total cost at $3.2 billion. It is nearly impossible to cancel the contract due to the difficulty of finding a new vendor for the aircraft’s construction. In fact, within hours of Trump’s tweets, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was on the phone with Trump, congratulating him on his election win and pledging to control the jet’s cost.
9. Washington Post
The Washington Post has been criticized by Trump for being a “scam” company that reports “the most inaccurate stories of all.”
Trump has been outspoken in regards to his disapproval of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ownership of the Washington Post for years, but since becoming president his complaints have been much louder and more widely received due to his massive Twitter audience as president.
In July 2017, he tweeted: “Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon no-tax monopoly?” Trump continues to stand firm with his claim that the Washington Post is a lobbyist for Amazon, and said the newspaper should register as such.
This company is one of many (others include New York Times, NBC Nightly News, ABC and CNN) that Trump regularly deems a perpetrator of “fake news.”
He has called CBS out many times, including in this tweet from February 17, 2017: “The FAKE NEWS media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
All in a solid days work for Donald Trump.