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.

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16. Nordstrom

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.

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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.

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14. Merck


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!”

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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.

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12. Facebook

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.

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11. Toyota

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.”

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10. Boeing

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.

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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.

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8. CBS

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.

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7. CNN

Trump’s favorite nickname for CNN is the “Fake News Network” and he says that the network is “ratings challenged.”

Some jabs he has taken at the company include the following tweet from the 2016 campaign trail: “@CNN is so disgusting in their bias, but they are having a hard time promoting Crooked Hillary in light of the new e-mail scandals,” as well as his attack on CNN journalist Carl Bernstein for being “sloppy”  in his reporting on a 2018 story about Trump Tower—“CNN is being torn apart from within based on their being caught in a major lie and refusing to admit the mistake…making up story after story, (and) being laughed at all over the country!”

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6. Delta

In January 2017 airports all over the United States spun into crisis after President Trump signed an executive order closing the nation to refugees and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The airports quickly became places of legal battle and fierce protest over the ban. Despite this, Trump tweeted that the chaos at airports was single-handedly caused by a “Delta computer outage” and that “only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning.”

He added in a second tweet, “Secretary Kelly said that all is going well with very few problems. MAKE AMERICA SAFE AGAIN! There is nothing nice about searching for terrorists before they can enter our country. This was a big part of my campaign. Study the world!”

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5. ESPN

Trump asked ESPN to “apologize for untruth” following an incident in September 2017 involving an anchor for the network calling Trump a white supremacist. In addition to demanding an apology, Trump took to Twitter to say that ESPN was “paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming).” 

Trump also aimed heavy criticism at ESPN after they temporarily stopped playing the National Anthem before Monday Night Football games in support of the NFL “Take a Knee” protests.

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4. General Motors

President Trump took aim at General Motors this August, tweeting out inaccurate accusations that it had moved factories to China and had become one the smallest carmakers in Detroit. “General Motors, which was once the Giant of Detroit, is now one of the smallest auto manufacturers there,” Trump tweeted on the 30th. “They moved major plants to China, BEFORE I CAME INTO OFFICE. This was done despite the saving help given them by the USA. Now they should start moving back to America again?”

Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst for Autotrader, said Trump mischaracterized GM’s position in the industry. “GM remains one of the largest automakers in the world,” she said. “Like other automakers, GM builds vehicles where they sell them. GM builds vehicles in China for the Chinese market.” GM sold 2.9 million vehicles in the United States in 2018, outpacing the 2.4 million sold by Ford Motor Co. and the 1.7 million sold by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The company has not “moved” factories to China. Most of the cars it builds there are for the Chinese market. Only one GM vehicle built in China — the Buick Envision — is sold in the United States.

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3. New York Times

Trump has been bitter towards the New York Times for years now because he feels he received unfair negative coverage during the 2016 election and during his presidency. In early 2017, Trump tweeted, “The failing @nytimes has been wrong about me from the very beginning. Said I would lose the primaries, then the general election. FAKE NEWS!” Earlier this year, he blasted the magazine again, stating, “The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

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2. Amazon

In 2017, Trump put Amazon in the hot seat when he accused them of skimping out on taxes and harming small businesses. He also blamed them for the hard times hitting the U.S. Postal Service. Trump claimed that Amazon causes USPS to lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. This would add up to a loss of billions of dollars, and while the U.S. Postal Service is losing money, it is not in its package deliveries, but rather in its letter deliveries. 

To the point of Amazon cheating the tax system, this is also untrue. Amazon collects sales tax in every state that charges one (which is nearly all states) and remits it to the states. Amazon also pays local property taxes on its distribution centers as well as on the Whole Foods stores it purchased in 2017. In addition, Amazon maintains that it helps small businesses in a tough retail climate by helping vendors reach a mass audience.

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