With cameras briefly within the room, the beginning of President-elect Donald Trump’s assembly with tech leaders appeared virtually like one thing out of a actuality present.
“I will not inform you the lots of of calls we have had asking to return right here to this assembly,” Trump informed the assembled crew.
Most of the individuals sitting on the desk, together with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Fb COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner have all been in Trump’s crosshairs sooner or later on Twitter.
The closed door meeting was off the record, but as cameras rolled Trump told the group he is “here to help you folks do well.”
“You’ll call my people, you’ll call me, it doesn’t matter. We have no formal chain of command around here,” Trump said. “Keep going with the incredible innovation. There’s nobody like you in the world.”
Sitting to Trump’s left was Peter Thiel, the president-elect’s only high-profile supporter from Silicon Valley. Trump heaped praise on the PayPal billionaire in front of a group that was largely against Trump during the election.
“He’s ahead of the curve and I want to thank him,” Trump said.
Thiel had helped orchestrate Wednesday’s meeting, along with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
“Everybody in this room has to like me at least a little bit,” Trump said with a smile, referring to the market rally that has led to soaring gains for some companies. “We’re going to try to have that bounce continue.”
Cameras showed that three of Trump’s adult children were also at the meeting, along with Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Commerce; and Gary Cohn, the nominee for director of the National Economic Council.