AT&T Time Warner merger

Trump takes on AT&T from foreign soil

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President Trump greeted London this morning by railing against CNN owner AT&T, essentially urging a consumer boycott:

"I believe that if people stoped using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN."

Why it matters: It may be the new normal, but I'm still jarred by an American president encouraging damage to a private business that employs hundreds of thousands of Americans. Let alone doing so from foreign soil.

Trump calls for AT&T boycott while watching CNN on London trip

President Trump said that if Americans stopped "using or subscribing" to AT&T that "big changes" might occur at CNN, which is owned by the telecommunications giant, in a Monday tweet.

The big picture: The AT&T-Time Warner merger — approved earlier this year after a Justice Department attempt to block it — spurred a great deal of antitrust rhetoric from both the Trump administration and the president himself. Trump's tweet came as he complained that he was forced to watch CNN as "the primary source of news available from the U.S." while in London for a state visit.