US President Donald Trump often attacks criticism and opposition – and is not squeamish about his choice of words. The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in particular experiences this firsthand. In addition to spiteful nicknames like Sleepy Joe and Creepy Joe, Trump repeatedly accuses Biden of being corrupt and criminal.
In addition to many politicians, especially from the Democratic camp, companies that contradict his plans or economic policy are also repeatedly caught in Trump’s line of fire. The latest example is the dispute over a ban on the short video platform Tiktok, which belongs to the Chinese company Bytedance.
Tiktok is just one example of many, because the US President’s history of conflict includes both domestic and international companies and entrepreneurs. Personal-Financial.com has compiled eight examples:
Trump has already messed with these companies
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The latest reason for dispute is the Chinese short video platform Tiktok. Trump sees the app as a security risk for data from US citizens, so Tiktok mother Bytedance has been feeling political headwinds for a long time. In mid-August, Trump finally announced a ban on the platform. The planned download ban at the end of September was overturned by a US judge. The complete ban on the platform in the USA from November 12th is not yet off the table. As a solution, Trump had promised a takeover by a US company. According to the latest reports, the favorites for the Tiktok shares – Oracle and Walmart – want to wait for further developments in the event of a ban.
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If you look at the number of his tweets, Twitter should actually be very popular with Trump. However, when the short message service subjected tweets by the US President to a fact check in May and declared it to be false news, Trump struck back: an order that provides for Section 230 of the US Telecommunications Act to be expanded and social media to be held liable for the content of posts do. Since then, Twitter has repeatedly flagged Trump’s tweets as hoaxes and has also blocked links to a controversial New York Times article about Hunter Biden. Trump then accused Twitter of restricting freedom of expression.
As a mask manufacturer, the 3M group is actually one of the most important US companies in the fight against the pandemic. The export of masks to Canada and Latin America was recently a thorn in the side of Donald Trump. 3M will pay a high price, Trump warned on Twitter. The US government then asked 3M to withhold masks intended for export, also referring to the War Economics Act. After a few days, both sides agreed on a compromise. 3M is allowed to deliver abroad and imports 55.5 million masks a month from its production site in China.
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The automaker General Motors also felt Trump’s anger in March. The US government had negotiated with the company about the production of ventilators. However, the negotiations were tough. “As always with this General Motors, things never seem to work out,” said Trump on Twitter. Trump then invoked the War Economy Act and obliged GM to build ventilators. At the beginning of April, the Ministry of Health announced a contract with the group for the delivery of 6,132 ventilators by June 1. Another 30,000 should follow by the end of August.
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In order to “protect against foreign enemies”, Trump prohibited US companies from using certain foreign telecommunications technology by decree in May 2019. Instead, permission from the US government must be obtained. The measure was not officially directed against a specific country or company. One of the hardest hit by Trump was the Chinese tech group Huawei, which has since had to do without US trading partners such as Google in some areas. In mid-May, the US President extended the decree. The US Department of Commerce also decided that US chipmakers may not supply Huawei semiconductors if they are based on US technologies. So far, Huawei has resorted to US technology for chip production despite the sanctions.
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The feud between Trump and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has been going on for several years. Bezos is the owner of the Washington Post, which repeatedly reports critical of Trump. The US President recently accused Bezos of using the newspaper as a lobby organ and gave him the name Jeff Bozo (translated: Clown, Depp). Conversely, Bezos offered Trump to shoot him into space with one of the rockets from his space company Blue Origin. Most recently, the dispute even ended in court. Amazon accused the Pentagon of deliberately ignoring an order under pressure from Trump. A court in Washington found Amazon right and temporarily stopped the order.
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The relationship between Trump and the news channel CNN is shattered. The US President repeatedly referred to the station as “fake news”. When CNN correspondent Jim Acosta refused to hand over the microphone at a White House press conference in November 2018 and touched an intern on the arm, the White House withdrew his accreditation. On November 16, a Washington court ruled that Acosta must regain accreditation. In the Corona crisis, Trump also repeatedly shoots against CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins. Among other things, he accused her of being a rude person.
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Originally the US motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson was considered one of Trump’s favorites. In the customs dispute between the US government and the EU, however, the traditional company got caught in the crossfire in June 2018. The American punitive tariffs led to higher production costs, which is why Harley Davidson announced that it would relocate its production abroad. Trump then attacked the company on Twitter and warned that the step would be “the beginning of the end.” Harley-Davidson would then be taxed “like never before”. In the meantime, the US president also supported calls for boycotts by his supporters. The partnership with the Chinese company Qingjiang Motorcycle to produce smaller motorcycles for the Asian market also caused criticism from Trump.