“Ringed by tech’s elite, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday promised to do ‘anything we can do’ to help the industry he often baited during the presidential campaign,” Jon Swartz, Jessica Guynn and Edward Baig report for USA Today. “‘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.'”
“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,’ Swartz, Guynn and Baig report. “‘We’re going to make it a lot easier for you to trade across borders,’ said Trump, who was joined by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Trump was flanked by Vice President-elect Mike Pence and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, one of his few vocal supporters in Silicon Valley.”
“About 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 — are sitting down with the president-elect to discuss jobs, immigration policy, free trade, cybersecurity and taxes,” Swartz, Guynn and Baig report. “Cook and Musk were scheduled to meet privately with Trump later.”
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MacDailyNews Note: In addition, it was announced today by the Trump transition team that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will join an advisory team for President Trump.