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USA: Walmart & Citibank among companies ambivalent to Trump’s travel ban
Author: Matt Freathy, Nouse (USA), Published on: 20 February 2017
"Businesses ambivalent to Trump's travel ban", 19 Feb 2017
…Trump’s temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim majority countries and suspension of the US refugee programme has sharply divided the American people, and the reaction from large American corporations has also been mixed…[M]ain opposition has come from the tech sector, who have almost unanimously decried the ban on the grounds of its questionable constitutionality and the negative consequences for their own operations. Throughout the rest of…big business there’s…far less unity. More moderate reactions, from companies like Citibank and Walmart, include voicing concern about Trump’s order but not outright opposing it, nor offering support for any of their affected employees. Plenty of multinationals are…giving no public comment on the situation, particularly in the media and telecoms industry. Such conservative responses are partly due to fear of becoming the subject of one of Trump’s Twitter rants...known to cause a company to plummet on the stock market, or a boycott by the 63 million Americans who voted him into office…[Also refers to Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Uber and Airbnb].