President-elect Donald Trump has told group of technology executives that he’s “here to help you folks do well.”
Many in Silicon Valley were among Trump’s sharpest critics during the campaign, expressing concerns his policies could stifle innovation and compromise digital privacy, although it is reported that Trump struck a positive message at the top of the meeting. He put it this way:
“We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation” and said, “We will be there for you.”
There was no formal format for the meeting, as it was just intended to break the ice with the new administration.
Silicon Valley chronicler Kara Swisher writes at Recode that Trump’s team, and transition official Peter Thiel, had a hard time convincing some of these executives to attend:
“Now I know from those close to the process that Thiel — the big Silicon Valley money man who is also on the Facebook board — and others helping Trump reach out to the tech community had a hard time convincing them to attend. And I know that tech leaders probably had little choice in accepting the invitation, even if they wanted to decline, opting to engage now even if they later oppose Trump.”
Among those at the meeting: Apple’s Tim Cook, Alphabet’s Larry Page, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Telsa’s Elon Musk, as well as Trump’s adult children.
(h/t Business Insider)
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