President-elect Donald Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence met with executives of some of the most powerful corporations in the world, many of whom were his declared opponents during the election campaign. Among them were Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook,. He told the assembled technology executives that he will help them succeed and that he is available to them at any time. They represent $3 trillion in market value.
"We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation," Trump said. "There's no one like you in the world....anything we can do to help this go along, we're going to be there for you. You can call my people, call me — it makes no difference — we have no formal chain of command around here."
The executives, including those from Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Intel, Oracle, IBM, Cisco and Tesla were in attendance, with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk expected to get private briefings, according to transition staff. Also attending the meeting were Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr.
The full list:
Safra Catz - Oracle
Jeff Bezos - Amazon
Tim Cook - Apple
Brian Krzanich - Intel
Larry Page - Alphabet
Eric Schmidt - Google
Chuck Robbins - Cisco
Ginni Rommety - IBM
Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook
Elon Musk - Tesla
Satya Nadella - Microsoft
Alex Karp - Palantir
Trump introduced the participants to Wilbur Ross, his choice for secretary of Commerce, and Goldman Sachs executive Gary Cohn, who he has selected to serve as assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council. "They're going to do fair trade deals," Trump said. "They're going to make it easier for you to trade across borders, because there are a lot of restrictions, a lot of problems. If you have any ideas on that, that would be great."
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus organized the meeting. "I won't tell you the hundreds of calls we've had asking to come here to this meeting," Trump said. "And I will say Peter [Thiel] was saying, 'No, that company's too small,' and these are monster companies. But I want to start by thanking Peter, because he saw something very early, maybe before we saw it. And of course, he's known for that... he's ahead of the curve."
Job creation is set to be a point of discussion for Trump and the executives. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once told President Barack Obama "those jobs aren't coming back.” IBM, on the other hand, is considering a tranche of job hires over the course of the next four years.
According to a Reuters report, Trump alluded to the price bounce on Wall Street. "I'm very honored by the bounce, everybody's talking about the bounce, so everybody in this room has to like me at least a little bit," Trump said. "We're going to try to have that bounce continue."