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Donald Trump's early-morning tweetstorms are creating jobs for nervous PR people

Tech CEOs on the West Coast reportedly fear missing an early-morning tweet about their companies and industry


Taylor Link
January 6, 2017 9:10PM (UTC)

Tech CEOs on the West Coast are preparing to respond to early-morning tweets sent from the White House by readjusting their schedules to ensure someone is up at 3 a.m. local time to observe Donald Trump's Twitter activity.

The president-elect has developed a habit of tweeting before breakfast, often aiming his messages at corporate America. Here's what he had to say on Wednesday.

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On Thursday, Trump validated tech leaders' concerns, as the president-elect took on Toyota in a tweet, criticizing the auto company for its plan to build a plant in Mexico.

The unremarkable tweet caused Toyota's shares to drop, ultimately closing the day down 0.6 percent at $120.44 on the New York Stock Exchange. Trump's behavior on social media has already worried diplomacy experts, who argue that off-the-cuff remarks at 3 a.m. are not a viable way to conduct U.S. diplomacy. But it is becoming more and more apparent that Trump's tweets have real economic implications.

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China of all countries may be speaking for all Americans when it advised the president-elect the other day to lay off Twitter.

"The obsession with 'Twitter diplomacy' is undesirable," a headline recently read in China's official news agency Xinhua.

South Korea's government, meanwhile, has hired an officer to exclusively monitor Trump on Twitter.

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So there's some job creation going on.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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