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Howes: Trump using Twitter to send warning shots across the bow for businesses, CEOs

Dec 8, 2016

It was Theodore Roosevelt who declared the Presidency was a "bully pulpit." Our incoming 45th President clearly agrees.

Donald Trump doesn't take the oath of office for 49 days, but he's already used his favorite tool, Twitter, to send some crystal clear messages to businesses and unions.

Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joined Stateside to talk about "Exhibit A": Carrier Corporation in Indianapolis.

According to Howes, the pressure from Trump means that businesses may need to watch their back and "get on the right side of some of these issues."

Howes makes the point in his column in the Detroit News that presidents imposing their will and vision on business and labor is nothing new. President Obama had his auto task force and President Reagan had the air traffic controllers union. But those situations were dealt with while those two men were in office.

Listen to the full interview above to hear more about Trump's approach to businesses and unions, the conflict between the president-elect and the Ford Motor Company and the challenges of Trump bending the truth when it comes to some of his claims about these corporations.

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