Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner will probably be amongst a number of high-profile tech executives attending a summit with U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, going down at Trump Tower in New York Metropolis, in response to a report.
Invites had been despatched out final week and lower than a dozen folks are attending —largely executives from Silicon Valley, Re/code sources stated over the weekend. Some others embrace Alphabet CEO Larry Web page, Fb COO Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Catz confirmed his attendance in an announcement.
“I plan to inform the President-Elect that we’re with him and can assist in any approach we are able to,” he stated. “If he can reform the tax code, cut back regulation and negotiate higher commerce offers, the U.S. know-how trade will probably be stronger and extra aggressive than ever.”
Two different potential attendees are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Of the 2, solely Bezos is claimed to have positively obtained an invite, regardless of his Washington Submit usually publishing exposes of Trump.
Invites had been allegedly despatched out by Trump’s chief of workers, Reince Preibus, in addition to investor and supporter Peter Thiel, and Trump’s advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Thiel and others on Trump’s crew are stated to have had a tough time persuading tech executives to attend, given Trump’s common assaults in opposition to them throughout his presidential marketing campaign.
Trump has taken opposing stances on points like encryption, immigration, and generally social points. With Apple, he has berated the corporate for not doing extra manufacturing within the U.S., and as soon as referred to as on folks to boycott Apple after it refused to write down software program permitting the FBI to bypass encryption on the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook.
The Re/code sources recommended that regardless of their reluctance, some tech executives might have had little selection however to go to the summit, since they’ve participated in such issues earlier than. However, others aren’t going, whether or not they’re deliberately avoiding Trump or or just obtained their invites too late —some are solely stated to have been despatched out late final week.
“I believe my invite bought misplaced within the mail,” an nameless govt claimed. “In fact, this sort of factor won’t ever occur once more as of January.”
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