President-elect Donald Trump met with leaders of some of the biggest Silicon Valley companies on Wednesday afternoon at Trump Tower.
Trump held the meeting in order to rekindle relationships with the top execs, many of whom stood opposed to him throughout his campaign.
Trump told the gathered executives that he was “here to help you folks do well” and promised “to make it a lot easier for you to trade across borders.”
“We want you to keep going with the incredible innovations,” Trump said. “There’s nobody like you in the world.”
The meeting was set up by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Peter Thiel, a tech exec who offered his full support to Trump during the campaign.
In a Tweet Priebus said the meeting “included productive discussions about job creation & economic growth.”
Today’s tech summit included productive discussions about job creation & economic growth. We’re on track to make America first again pic.twitter.com/tFU3ObcB0i
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) December 14, 2016
CEOs invited to the meeting were Apple’s Tim Cook, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google parent company Alphabet’s Larry Page,Tesla’s Elon Musk, IBM’s Ginni Rometty, Intel’s Brian Krzanich, and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg.
Prior to Trump’s victory, 140 leaders of large tech companies signed an open letter that declared “Trump would be a disaster for innovation.”
“His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy – and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth,” the letter stated.
Remarks from the meeting can be seen below:
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