President-elect Donald Trump met with some of the most powerful corporate executives of the tech industry and Silicon Valley. The meeting was almost like a scene out of the reality show “The Apprentice” where Trump sat at the center of a large table while surrounded by his potential new “employees.” Of course, these were already very successful people in the tech industry, some of which included Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Timothy D. Cook, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt and Larry Page.
Trump started his meeting with one important statement to all of them: “I’m here to help you folks do well.” In a room full of tech geniuses and American success stories, Trump emphasized what unique people they were and that there was no one else like them in the world. He then said the government will be there for them under his administration.
Trump certainly seemed like a different person at this meeting than the person we saw on the campaign trail. Remember when he talked about how he wanted to stop illegal immigration and get Apple to make their iPhones in the United States? At the meeting, he talked about expanding vocational education, the importance of having immigrants come to our country who are “smart and talented people,” and the promise of continuing trade with China. Does that mean the iPhones will still be made in China then?
On the topic of government waste, Trump urged these executives to see if they could develop analysis technology which can help detect where government waste is being made. That way, Trump could eliminate that waste and use the money and resources of the government toward other areas that desperately need it.
This 90-minute meeting in Trump Tower including Trump’s three adult children; Ivanka, Don Jr., and Eric. Sitting next to Trump was his Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Some wonder if Trump should really be including his family members in on this, since they will supposedly be running his businesses after he’s inaugurated.