Trump To Tech Leaders “No Formal Chain Of Command”

President Elect Donald Trump had that tech summit that I spoke of yesterday. Here’s who showed up:

  • Safra Catz – Oracle
  • Jeff Bezos – Amazon
  • Tim Cook – Apple
  • Brian Krzanich – Intel
  • Larry Page – Alphabet
  • Eric Schmidt – Google
  • Chuck Robbins – Cisco
  • Ginni Rommety – IBM
  • Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook
  • Elon Musk – Tesla
  • Satya Nadella – Microsoft
  • Alex Karp – Palantir

Trump had his kids Eric, Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka,  and vice president elect Mike Pence in the room as well. And apparently Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk got private briefings with Trump, according to transition staff. Here’s what CNBC said:

Though many tech leaders actively opposed his election, Trump said at the meeting he was interested in helping tech do well — and that the executives can call any time, since there’s no formal chain of command.

“We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation,” Trump said. “There’s no one like you in the world….anything we can do to help this go along, we’re going to be there for you. You can call my people, call me — it makes no difference — we have no formal chain of command around here.”

Good luck with that as I am pretty sure that being the President of the United States means that Trump won’t be having just anybody just randomly dialing him up. Thus  I suspect that his “people” will be taking any incoming calls from these c-level execs. Here’s what they talked about:

Jobs, skilled immigration and China were the main topics on the table at a meeting, a person familiar with what was discussed told CNBC on Wednesday.

And you can bet that jobs coming back to the US was on the table as well. By that I mean jobs that Apple has in China making iPhones and the like seeing as during the campaign, Trump criticized Apple for that.

I sure would have liked to have been a fly on the wall of that meeting as many of the people in the room don’t like this guy. I am sure that they polite and listened to him. But I simply do not see them fully embracing him. Sure some of them are likely to do some things to keep him off their backs. Example, IBM is about to go on a hiring spree. But I can’t see MacBooks and iPhones being made in the USA. EVER. So one wonders what was accomplished other than a photo op.

 

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