US Businesses vs Trump




Donald Trump may be starting to find out that what may seem simple clampdowns on travel for ‘security’ reasons can have wide ranging effects that the new White House strategists may not have foreseen. Trump now has more than a few judges opposing his travel restrictions, he now has many large US businesses challenging him legally.

The companies include Google, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook,Twitter, Intel, eBay, Netflix, Uber, Amazon and Expedia.

RNZ: Apple, Google, Facebook among 100 firms opposing Trump’s travel ban

Apple, Google and Microsoft have joined a legal brief opposing US President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, arguing it “inflicts significant harm on American business.”

The brief was signed by nearly 100 companies including Facebook, Twitter, Intel , eBay, Netflix and Uber, as well as non-tech companies such as Levi Strauss and Chobani.

The document is an amicus brief, which allows parties not directly involved in a case but who feel they are affected by it, to give their view.

Mr Trump’s executive order, the most contentious policy move of his first two weeks in office, faces crucial legal hurdles. It had temporarily barred entry to the United States by people from seven mostly Muslim countries, as well as suspending the US refugee programme.

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday blocked the move, and the Trump administration has a deadline on Monday (6pm Tuesday NZT) to justify the action.

“The order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years,” the brief from the companies stated.

“The order inflicts significant harm on American business, innovation, and growth as a result,” it added.

“Immigrants or their children founded more than 200 of the companies on the Fortune 500 list.”

Immigrants and especially the next generation are often cited as a major terrorism risk, with scant evidence beyond a few isolated examples.

On the other hand, in reality land, immigrants and their families have been a huge part of American success for a long time.

US tech companies, which employ many foreign-born nationals, have been among the most vocal groups in speaking out against Mr Trump’s travel order. and Expedia, both based in Washington state, supported the Seattle lawsuit, asserting that the travel restrictions harmed their businesses.

It’s not just those who are directly restricted that cause problems. The uncertainties about entry to the US and about immigration is likely to cause many more people to reconsider the US as a destination.

Unforeseen effects and unintended consequences may end up becoming big issues for a very inexperienced White House.

And Trump’s habit of shooting from the hip at anyone who criticises him or opposes what he is trying to do may lead to mayhem, including a significant loss of business confidence in the US


via US businesses versus Trump — Your NZ

9 thoughts on “US Businesses vs Trump

    • I tend to think it’s mainly Wall Street and the CIA with their agenda of resource wars in the Middle East. By scapegoating Soros and Jews, the white nationalist alternative media is giving all the non-Jewish billionaires and multimillionaires a free pass. Also there is no true left in the US – all the true leftists are underground for their own safety.. The CIA destroyed the American left – that’s why I’m in New Zealand. What passes for the organized left is mainly run by CIA-funded left gatekeeping foundations.


        • To be honest I find the so-called “proof” rather tenuous and misleading. The article says that CAN, which placed the ads, gets some of their funding from Open Society Institute, which gets funding from Soros. The fact of the matter is that OSI makes a decision once a year which groups to fund. And neither Soros nor OSI played any role whatsoever in placing the ads.

          Based on personal experience working with CAN when I lived in Seattle, I’m well aware that they have a long history of receiving money from CIA funded foundations. As I have said before, I think the CIA is driving most of the nonprofit involvement in the anti-Trump protests. I also suspect that the CIA is largely responsible for the articles blaming the ads on Soros. This little piece of disinformation is very effective at distracting attention from their own involvement in promoting the protests. The CIA loathes Trump.


          • Given Soros’ involvement in the color revolutions, in the former Soviet Union, he is , at a minimum, a CIA asset. This is not unusual for billionaires (e.g., Howard Hughes, Sean Parker). Soros has funded Palestinian rights’ groups. It is probable that he a true Washingtonian like Kissinger. I do believe that there is a split in the CIA between Bush loyalist neocons and the old guard-exactly what Ray McGovern has stated. I hope the neocons lose power and influence.


            • I totally agree Soros collaborates closely with the CIA in organizing fake color revolutions – but I also think it’s really important not to give the CIA a free pass by disseminating their disinformation. I had an interesting conversation with a representative of the Soros Family Foundation (I was trying to obtain grant money to fund a citizens initiative in Washington State) in which the individual engaged in a totally bizarre personal tirade me for wanting to launch a universal health care referendum. After 12 years working shoulder to shoulder with undercover operatives who infiltrated all the grassroots groups I ever worked with, this struck me as totally classic behavior for an experienced undercover operative in the nonprofit sector.

              I had contacted the Soros Family Foundation because Soros has been the major funder of all state ballot initiatives to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. That one I haven’t quite figured out yet – it seems to me the CIA would want to keep the Drug War going since illegal drug trafficking has always been a major source of their income.


  1. Google – the company that covertly steals your identity and sells it to the highest bidder. Facebook – the company that was founded on bullying and other anomalies. On and on it goes. I’m not surprised that people hate Trump change. Its scary lol


  2. Good point, amaezed. What really scares me are the close links between Google, Facebook and the CIA. I know Trump has powerful enemies in the CIA and it wouldn’t surprise me to learn they helped instigate this lawsuit.


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