“Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are among the small group of top tech leaders who will attend a summit with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday at Trump Tower in Manhattan, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation,” Kara Swisher reports for Recode.
“Those who will be attending (although most of the companies declined to comment to Recode) along with Page, Cook and Sandberg, include: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella; Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins; IBM CEO Ginni Rometty; Intel CEO Brian Krzanich; and Oracle CEO Safra Catz,” Swisher reports. “‘I plan to tell the President-elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can,’ said Catz in a statement. ‘If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the U.S. technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever.'”
“Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos was invited, said sources, and he is likely to attend,” Swisher reports. “Bezos’ presence would be awkward, obviously, given how aggressive his Washington Post has been in its reporting on Trump and how many times the reality show star turned President-elect has attacked Amazon on a number of issues. Trump has done the same to Apple, dinging it on the making of its popular products outside of the U.S. And he also called for a boycott of Apple after it refused to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Also going is big league Clinton-backer, Google’s Eric Schmidt (Alphabet Inc.). Along with Cook and Bezos, that should be an interesting meeting. Oh, to be a fly on the wall!