People demonstrate for the Affordable Care Act and against Trump during the First Stand Rally in Newark, N.J., U.S. January 15, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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Early optimism among business lobbyists and executives that Donald Trump's election heralded better days has slowly given way to uncertainty as the president-elect fires off mixed and sometimes confusing messages on health care, taxes and trade.Doubts deepened over the weekend as Trump declared he would replace President Barack Obama's signature health care plan known as Obamacare with "insurance for everybody" – a goal far beyond Republican designs – and criticized a key component of a plan in Congress to overhaul corporate taxes.Trump's recent attack on the border adjustment tax was another sign of his unpredictability, the veteran financial lobbyist said.A Trump spokesperson blamed a redesign, but bank lobbyists are not so sure – other content made it through the redesign.Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, has deep differences on values with the technology sector, but is seen as an important Trump counterweight because he is a "deliberate decision-maker not prone to big dramatic mood swings," a source at one major Silicon Valley firm said.Many lobbyists and business officials said they remain optimistic and cautioned against reading too deeply into tweets or comments that Trump makes on policy.Trump, by contrast, may simply be raising policy issues because he has questions on them, the chamber official said.The same financial industry official who acknowledged the uncertain climate also said he remains optimistic.
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