Several high-profile tech CEOs confirms their attendance for Trump meeting this week
By Charleston Lim
President-elect Donald Trump is now apparently trying to rally the country's most prominent tech executives to a summit that will be held at the Trump Tower in New York City this week. According to reports, Trump's chief of staff, Reince Preibus, along with investors and supporters have been sending out invitations for the summit since last week. The invitations have all been sent to high-profile executives for different tech company's including Apple, Facebook, IBM, Cisco, Amazon, and Tesla, among others.
Reports have revealed that while there was likely a lot of invitations that were sent out, less than a dozen people have confirmed. However, the people that have been confirmed to attend the event are among the most powerful executives of the country's largest tech firms.
The people that have been confirmed to attend the summit includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Other participants that are likely attending the summit includes Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Reports have also revealed that Trump's camp apparently had a hard time persuading the executives to attend the event to be held on Wednesday. The reason for this has been Trump's regular rants and attacks on the tech firms during his presidential campaign. Trump had previously even called for a boycott on Apple products after he berated the company for outsourcing its manufacturing and for its refusal to assist the FBI in bypass their own encryption to get into the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooting suspect.
Oracle's CEO recently confirmed his attendance with a more positive outlook on the outcome of the summit stating that he is actually looking forward to talking with the incoming president.
"I plan to tell the President-Elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can," Catz said. "If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the U.S. technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever."