The relationship between President Elect Donald Trump and Tech companies has been tested following a meeting between the President and select Silicon Valley CEOs. According an article published by Forbes on December 14, Trump assured the CEOs that he was on their side and will do everything possible to ensure the companies to ensure the companies grow. Trump also reiterated the importance of technology in America’s advancement. The heads present at the meeting included Facebook COOO Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and the CEO of Apple Tim Cook. The meeting came after a hard fought election that saw most tech industry leader’s support Hillary Clinton.
Vice President Mike Pence and Peter Thiel, a member of the transition team was also present at the highly publicized meeting that took place at Trump Towers. Thiel is one of the few Silicon Valley leaders who backed Trump’s election. It is incredible to note that Thiel has transformed from a Trump donor and key speaker at the Republican National Convention to a big political player in the transition team in a space of a just a few weeks. Analysts believe Thiel will play an important role of bridging the divide between Trump and the technology industry. Others present included Trump’s 3 oldest children; Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. One of the Tech leaders who criticized Trump during the campaign period, Jeff Bezos congratulated the President Elect in a tweet he sent earlier,
Bezos said he was glad to meet the president and said the meeting was very productive. Another tech titan said to be warming up to Trump is Elon Musk. According to a report appearing on Techcruch, Musk who set to fly to India was added to the list of attendees at Trump’s strategic and policy forum in the last minute. One notable personality not in attendance was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. There are reports indicating lingering frosty relationship between Trump and Twitter. The difference is said to have arisen as a result of the latter’s decision to deny Trump campaign team the permission to use special images. The Emojis, which Twitter prefers to call Hashflags, were earlier used in presidential debate related hashtags.