Why Corporate America Must Stand Up to Trump

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Over the weekend, Jeffrey Immelt, the chief executive of General Electric, the venerable manufacturing conglomerate that dates back to 1892—and Thomas Edison—issued a statement to G.E.’s employees distancing the company from Donald Trump’s travel bans on people from predominantly Muslim nations. “We have many employees from the named countries and we do business all over the region,” Immelt pointed out. He said the firm would “stand with” its employees and customers in the countries affected by Trump’s discriminatory policy.

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