What Famous CEOs and Pundits Are Tweeting About President-Elect Trump

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:

Momentous challenges lie ahead to heal the divide and reinvigorate the belief and faith in the political system: https://t.co/7vjXexZzhT pic.twitter.com/nccnEQWhlV

— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) November 9, 2016
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and TV personality:

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
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce  ( CRM) :

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:

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
Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media:

#ElectionNight: Congratulations President-Elect Trump! Good that Sen. Clinton called to concede.

— Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) November 9, 2016
Aaron Levie, CEO of Box  ( BOX) :

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
Kevin Rose, adviser to Alphabet's (GOOGL) venture capital arm GV:

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.

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