President-elect Donald Trump has set a summit Wednesday with top Silicon Valley execs including Apple chief Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Alphabet’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, according to multiple reports.
The confab was organized by billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder and Gawker antagonist who is now part of Trump’s transition team. Others set to attend the meeting at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan include Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, IBM chief Ginni Rometty and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg reported, citing anonymous sources.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has been invited and is likely to attend, while Tesla chief Elon Musk is a question mark, Recode reported. Those not taking the trip include Netflix CEO and founder Reed Hastings and Twitter boss Jack Dorsey.
During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Silicon Valley leaders were overwhelmingly in favor of Hillary Clinton, while Trump has taken a confrontational stance with the tech industry. He urged Apple to move its manufacturing to the U.S. and called for a boycott of its products after Apple refused to assist law enforcement unlock an iPhone as part of a terrorism investigation; called Amazon a monopoly that is dodging taxes; and has indicated that he opposes the FCC’s network neutrality rules.
The Wednesday meeting, scheduled for 2 p.m. at Trump’s offices, is likely to focus on such topics as international trade, immigration and corporate tax reform.