President-elect Donald Trump has invited a lot of very important people from Silicon Valley to a tech meeting which is going to take place this week. The gathering will most likely look to establish and develop the relations between the president-elect of and some of the world’s biggest tech companies. There might be other crucial subjects at stake, but the organizers have not disclosed them yet.
A comprehensive list
Some very important people from the tech industry have been invited to Trump’s meeting, which will reportedly take place on Wednesday, December 14. One of Trump’s biggest Silicon Valley supporters, Peter Thiel, the PayPal co-founder, has partially organized this summit. Among them is Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Many others are expected to attend, including important people from Google and Amazon. The full list is unknown at the moment.
Many of the people who were invited to this meeting have not been supporters of Donald Trump during his campaign. The president-elect even attacked some of them in his speeches. He said that Apple is not doing the right thing by fabricating its devices in China. Tom Cook and Larry Page are two of the people who were so against Trump that they tried to stop him from being nominated in the first place.
Peter Thiel is one of the few Silicon Valley executives who have supported Trump’s campaign and even founded it. The others have very strongly opposed Trump’s views on immigration, racism and many other controversial matters. They have also harshly criticized Thiel for agreeing with the president-elect on many levels.
Topics of discussion
It is still unknown what the topics for discussion are going to be for Wednesday’s meeting. Trump has received some critics for intervening in the business of some of these companies. Especially in their job departments. Some of the biggest tech companies are not employing too many people in the U.S. and if they do, they are working abroad. The president-elect said that it would be better for some to move their fabrics inside the country. This way, they might be able to offer more jobs to people. It all sparked controversy. This is why, according to some analysts, these tech companies are better on their own to deal with their business. They might search an agreement, but it is unlikely that they would reach one.
This is what the Obama Administration did right, it left the tech companies on their own. Many of these executives not only opposed Trump during his campaign, but they strongly supported Hillary Clinton, some even found her campaign. So, this meeting might prove to be a very tense one. Also, we have to keep in mind that the Trump administration still has not revealed what its plans for the tech industry are. The companies will go into this meeting not knowing what to expect.
All in all, Donald Trump should do well to listen to what the tech companies are saying. After all, they are a very big part of the country and the president should have at least a collaborative relationship with them.
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