Trump meets with tech leaders, tells them “I’m here to help”

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On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump convened a meeting with the top execs from the tech world.

The meeting was the first major summit between technology leaders and Trump, who has had a shaky relationship with the tech industry and publicly criticized companies such as Apple and Amazon while running for office.

“This is truly an amazing group of people,” Trump said at Trump Tower to kick off a meeting with Silicon Valley’s top leaders. “I want to add that I’m here to help you folks do well.”

A dozen tech A-listers — Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, among them — sat down for the two-hour meeting with the president-elect to discuss jobs, immigration policy, China, cybersecurity and taxes.

Trump told the group that his administration is “going to be here for you. You’ll call my people, you’ll call me. We have no formal chain of command around here.”

Trump wants the tech industry “to keep going with the incredible innovation,” he said on live television. “There’s nobody like you in the world. There’s nobody like the people in this room.”


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He suggested, and tech leaders agreed to, meeting quarterly, according to a person briefed on the meeting. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

They discussed repatriating foreign profits, reforming taxes and regulations so companies build more jobs in the U.S., building better infrastructure, and improving education, the person briefed on the meeting said.

Government procurement and protecting intellectual-property rights, major topics for several tech companies in attendance, also came up, according to the Trump transition team.

Notably absent, however, was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who invented what possibly is Trump’s favorite app. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not attend, but Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg did.

Here’s who sat where during Trump’s summit with tech leaders:



From left to right:

  • Eric Trump
  • Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer
  • Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO
  • Larry Page, Google founder and Alphabet CEO
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO
  • Mike Pence
  • Donald Trump
  • Peter Thiel, venture capitalist

Continuing from Thiel:

  • Tim Cook, Apple CEO
  • Safra Catz, Oracle CEO
  • Elon Musk, Tesla CEO
  • Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs president and Trump’s chief economic adviser
  • Wilbur Ross, Trump’s commerce secretary pick
  • Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser
  • Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
  • Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO
  • Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO
  • Jared Kushner, investor and Trump’s son-in-law
  • Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee and White House chief of staff
  • Steve Bannon, chief strategist to Trump
  • Eric Schmidt, Alphabet president
  • Alex Karp, Palantir CEO
  • Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO

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