What could be the most devastating event in the early stages of the Trump Administration?
Well there’s the stronger dollar that could torpedo his bringing jobs back to the US.
There’s China and whatever trade policy or currency manipulation charges he wishes to put on the table or just another call from Taiwan that he takes.
But I believe that all pales in comparison to what could happen very soon.
I’m taking a flier here without any sources telling me this, but I believe in the next few weeks Amazon’s Jeff Bezos will come in and buy Twitter.
The move will be for the sole purpose of ending Trump’s ability to communicate directly with the American people. Trump has used Twitter to advance his policies, to shame CEOs and to skewer his critics very effectively.
As most know Bezos is a staunch Democrat and a strong Hillary Clinton supporter. His Washington Post holding was found to be shilling for Clinton throughout the presidential campaign, with a negative Trump story on its cover — mostly above the fold — almost daily.
Bezos doesn’t need Twitter from a business perspective, unless he wishes to fold it in to his media holdings. No this purchase would be to control the narrative from the President-elect and force him to adopt a more traditional communication strategy.
Since Bezos and other tech executives met with the President-elect early in December at NYC’s Midtown Trump Tower things have been quiet from the Silicon Valley crowd, however I don’t believe Trump has enough charm to quell the unrest Bezos and others feel about the election.
Surely Bezos can find the money to buy Twitter in the couch cushion in his office, since he added $7.5 billion to his worth in 2016.
As I said this is pure speculation on my part, but I can see it happening sometime soon.