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Axios’ Mike Allen Explains How CEOs Should Deal With President Trump

Axios co-founder Mike Allen appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to explain how CEO’s should approach dealing with President Trump when he tweets out attacking their industry.

“[Presdient Trump] became the first customer to every CEO in America. Everybody is worried about the tweet. We looked at what happens after the tweet,” Allen told MSNBC’s, Mika Brzezinski.

Allen wrote an article today titled “Trump 101: The art of dealing with Donald” which goes into detail about how CEOs should approach dealing with Trump, based on what CEOs who have dealt with President Trump told Allen.

Allen told Brzezinski that the most important thing is “interpersonal contact” with President Trump, and that once you get to the table, Trump does listen to what CEOs have to say.

“He’s willing to talk to you. Definitely don’t snub him. If you decide not to go in, you are going to lose your leverage, instantly. A phone call is fine. A meeting is better,” Allen went on to say.

Brzezinski had an issue with Allen’s point about Trump listening to CEOs, saying that, at the end of the day, Trump is going to listen to what White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has to say on the issue.

Allen agreed with Brzezinski’s point but pointed out that Bannon and Jared Kushner, who both have Trump’s ear, are very accessible to these CEOs and are willing to listen to them and are persuadable.

The biggest recommendation for CEOs is to give Trump a win, according to Allen, because at the end of the day that is what he cares most about.