Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 9.
The unthinkable has happened. After weeks of polls touting the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton presidency, Americans woke up on Wednesday to a wholly different type of leader: President-elect Donald Trump.
He's famously pro-business and anti-immigration and trade, but we still won't see how much of his policies will affect the business world until he officially takes office in January. Amid the uncertainty of what a Trump-led America will look like, business leaders and economists across the country commented this morning, expressing shock, fear, and excitement. Here's a sampling of what they said.
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group:
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce ( CRM) :
We all need to give President-Elect Trump a chance. Support the good. Lobby against what we disagree on. No one is bigger than us all— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 9, 2016
Congratulations President Trump. This is what makes America great---our democracy. Now is the time for us to come together as one country.— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) November 9, 2016
Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn (LNKD) :
U.S. in election process so long, easy to lose sight of what matters: Our collective ingenuity, resilience & resolve. Next play, America.
- Jeff Weiner (@jeffweiner) November 9, 2016 Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack:
Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media:
It's two steps forward, one step back.
This is a step back. Next two are forward. https://t.co/7o3KivaD3C— Stewart Butterfield (@stewart) November 9, 2016
Aaron Levie, CEO of Box ( BOX) :
#ElectionNight: Congratulations President-Elect Trump! Good that Sen. Clinton called to concede.— Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) November 9, 2016
Kevin Rose, adviser to Alphabet's (GOOGL) venture capital arm GV:
Strange that the best case scenario at this point is that Trump has been lying about his views and plans the entire time.— Aaron Levie (@levie) November 9, 2016
Ok, let's focus on positive things: 1. We survived Bush 2. Cubs won 3. Google Pixel is actually pretty good 4. ???— Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) November 9, 2016
Daniel EK, CEO and Founder of Spotify:
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." - Martin Luther King, Jr— Daniel Ek (@eldsjal) November 9, 2016
Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch:
Next year one party will control house, senate and president. That's when really bad shit happens.
— Michael Arrington (@arrington) November 9, 2016
Several prominent economists also weighed in.
Nouriel Roubini, 'Dr. Doom':
The rise of the strong man populism: Putin, Erdogan, Orban, Kaczynski, Duterte and now Trump. & in the UK after Brexit May is populist too— Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel) November 9, 2016
Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate and New York Times columnist:
Having some second thoughts about my global recession call. As with Brexit, the short-run case isn't that clear. Still a disaster— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) November 9, 2016
Justin Wolfers, University of Michigan professor and Senior Brookings Fellow:
Honestly, I'm puzzled. Market response to reality of Trump presidency is at odds with campaign-related mkt responses https://t.co/bfxy5WCXp9- Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) November 9, 2016
Regardless of what happens to the American economy come January, one thing's for certain: there will be many opinions.