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!”