Common Sense: For Trump, Business Leaders Are More Elites to Resist

The Business Roundtable has been officially nonpartisan since its founding in 1972, and it does not endorse any candidate for political office. But it has long been courted by leaders of both parties. President Obama has met with the group on multiple occasions. Its members include the chief executives of American Express, FedEx and Walmart, and the organization’s advocacy of large corporate interests and what it considers pro-growth economic policies has usually aligned it with Republican orthodoxy.

Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate, was warmly received when he met with the group in 2012, and, as a founder of private equity firm Bain Capital, he was on a first-name basis with most of its members. Mr. Trump does not have the same standing.


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