President-elect Donald Trump has made a lot of bold moves lately. It's been Apple that has been at the center of his statements about the tech world in general. Industry watchers and media got into a wild speculation frenzy after Mr. Trump's announcement that he had plans to shift back iPhone production to the US. Today's tech summit is about him meeting the tech industry's leaders in general, with no specific agenda.
Tech Industry Leaders Set To Meet With Trump At Trump Tower Today; No Specific Agenda
To claim that Donald Trump is perhaps the most controversial President-elect in US history might not be an understatement. He's faced a lot of opposition on his road to the White House, particularly due to highly provocative viewpoints on a lot of critical issues. But, political considerations aside, Mr. Trump will be in the White House in less than a month. Therefore, all we can do is see how his relationship fares out with the tech world; a critical segment of the US economy.
The attendees of the meeting are Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Tesla's Elon Musk, Apple's Tim Cook, Cisco's Chuck Robbins, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Intel's Brian Krzanich and Microsoft's Satya Nadella, among others. An interesting exclusion is Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, given Mr. Trump's penchant of keeping the public well updated on his viewpoints through the platform. Out of those attending, Tim Cook and Elon Musk will have separate meetings with Mr. Trump after the session.
There's no set agenda for the meetup, with the participants expected to discuss a large array of topics. The focus will be towards an overall discussion of the economy and how jobs combined with the tech industry's influence can impact it. Insiders suggest that it was quite a feat for Mr. Trump's team to have convinced Silicon Valley's titans to attend the summit. After all, his campaign hasn't looked very promising towards the spirit of open co-operation which is deemed vital by the Valley for continuing innovation.
Digital security and user privacy is also a strong thorn in both the parties' side. With Mr. Trump advocating strong governmental control over user data, Apple in particular has a lot to talk about. Cupertino even went as far as withholding its usual GOP contributions this year, so it's unsure if Tim Cook and Donald Trump would be on the same page today. Following his election win, Cook did call the President-elect who offered him large tax incentives.
Since the meetup is behind closed doors, it's going to be tricky to get information. Still, we'll be on the lookout. Till then, stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below.