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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.


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.


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.


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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