Tech executives have "productive" meeting with the President-elect and his family on Wednesday

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As expected, some of the most important executives in the tech world managed to make their way to the Trump Tower apartment of President-elect Donald Trump yesterday afternoon to attend a summit. The meeting between Trump and tech executives like Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Alphabet Inc's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and Microsoft CEO  Satya Nadella went better than anyone could have dared. 

The meeting took place on the 25th floor of Trump Tower and besides the President-elect, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump attended as well. The three children sat at the head of the table. Also in attendance was Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

During the campaign, Trump attacked Apple and started a short lived boycott of the company. He complained about Apple producing its devices overseas, which lead Apple to start talks with its manufacturing partners about moving some iPhone production to the states. Apple wasn't the only tech company that the billionaire real estate developer picked on during the campaign. In May, he said that the entire sector was overvalued. "You look at some of these tech stocks that are so, so weak as a concept and a company and they're selling for so much money," Trump told Reuters seven months ago.

And while most of the tech executives supported Hillary Clinton, they did show up on Wednesday. While some expected to get blasted by the billionaire, they were met by a less bombastic Trump who told them that "We're going to make fair trade deals. We're going to make it a lot easier for you to trade across borders."

Amazon's Bezos, whose Washington Post was one of Trump's biggest media critics, called the meeting " very productive." He added that he "shared the view that the administration should make innovation one of its key pillars, which would create a huge number of jobs across the whole country, in all sectors, not just tech - agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing -everywhere."

In the presence of reporters, Trump made it clear that the door is always open for these tech leaders to meet with him. "There's nobody like the people in this room, and anything we can do to help this go along we're going to do that for you. You call my people, you call me, it doesn't make any difference. We have no formal chain of command," said the President-elect.

Trump supporter and Hedge Fund manager Peter Thiel sits in between the President-elect and Apple CEO Tim Cook during Wednesday's tech summit in New York

Trump supporter and Hedge Fund manager Peter Thiel sits in between the President-elect and Apple CEO Tim Cook during Wednesday's tech summit in New York


source: Reuters

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3 Comments

3. drifter77

Posts: 400; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Yeah saw that bit of news earlier this morning, Trump is taking his kids in literally every meeting, political or otherwise. Sugar Daddy strikes again.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Everytime he talks it's a different story. At first, his kids were going to run his company and he was going to be completely out of it. Then they kept going to his meetings with state officials. What happened in those meetings could seriously help their business, so they should've been left out of them completely, transition team or not. Now Ivanka is going to handle the First Lady duties, her husband will supposedly have some position in the government (even though there is a law that strictly prohibits family members, even in law's, from being appointed by government officials, including the president), and the remaining two boys will run the company. He's pushed back his announcement about how he will keep himself out of any conflict of interest issues. It was supposed to be today, but now it's pushed back a month, well after the electoral college has voted and just before he takes office. Everyone talks about the reason they voted for him is that he speaks his mind. But no one says boo about how he changes his mind (and not just a little bit) by the minute and depending on who he's talking to. Speaking your mind is fine, but how about picking a stance and sticking with it? He's like a dog who runs to whoever is holding his favorite speak toy.

5. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

You go Trump, a visionary not a friggin politician

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