WATCH: Donald Trump Meets Silicon Valley Executives for Roundtable Meeting

Silicon Valley bigs: Amazon's chief Jeff Bezos, Larry Page of Alphabet, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President elect Mike Pence, President-elect Donald Trump, Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, Tim Cook of Apple and Safra Catz of Oracle attend a meeting at Trump Tower December 14, 2016 in New York.
Silicon Valley bigs: Amazon’s chief Jeff Bezos, Larry Page of Alphabet, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President elect Mike Pence, President-elect Donald Trump, Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of PayPal, Tim Cook of Apple and Safra Catz of Oracle attend a meeting at Trump Tower December 14, 2016 in New York.

Donald Trump gathered Silicon Valley executives together for a roundtable meeting, in an attempt to smooth over frictions after a contentious presidential campaign.

The biggest names in attendance were Apple’s Tim Cook – who publicly supported Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton – and Tesla founder Elon Musk, who would meet Trump separately after the roundtable.

Looking around the room Trump called the group gathered ‘amazing’ and then boasted about the stock market ‘bounce’ that followed his election, which helped many of the businesses represented in the room.

‘So right now everybody in this room has to like me – at least a little bit,’ Trump told the crowd.

‘But we’re going to try and have that bounce continue,’ Trump pledged.

Donald Trump entertained a number of Silicon Valley CEO's and bosses including Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg
Donald Trump entertained a number of Silicon Valley CEO’s and bosses including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg

Donald Trump (left) thanked his one Silicon Valley backer, Peter Thiel (right), who brought a number of tech titans to Trump Tower today
Donald Trump (left) thanked his one Silicon Valley backer, Peter Thiel (right), who brought a number of tech titans to Trump Tower today
The president-elect's children: Donald Jr. (left), Ivanka (middle) and Eric Trump (right) sat through the meeting today with Silicon Valley bigwigs
The president-elect’s children: Donald Jr. (left), Ivanka (middle) and Eric Trump (right) sat through the meeting today with Silicon Valley bigwigs
Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg (left) attended a meeting for Silicon Valley executives alongside Vice President-elect Mike Pence (center) and Donald Trump (right)
Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg (left) attended a meeting for Silicon Valley executives alongside Vice President-elect Mike Pence (center) and Donald Trump (right)
First arrival: Safra Catz, the CEO of Oracle, was the first of the tech giant bosses to arrive at Trump Tower
First arrival: Safra Catz, the CEO of Oracle, was the first of the tech giant bosses to arrive at Trump Tower
Talks: Catz said she hoped Trump would move on tax code reform, reducing regulation and negotiating better trade deals
Talks: Catz said she hoped Trump would move on tax code reform, reducing regulation and negotiating better trade deals
Amazon.com's CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, arrived for a meeting with Donald Trump today at Trump Tower
Amazon.com’s CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, arrived for a meeting with Donald Trump today at Trump Tower
Amazon and Washington Post head Jeff Bezos was the second tech titan to arrive today for a meeting between team Trump and Silicon Valley
Amazon and Washington Post head Jeff Bezos was the second tech titan to arrive today for a meeting between team Trump and Silicon Valley

It was Peter Thiel, Trump’s one prominent Silicon Valley backer, that brought the tech titans and the president-elect face-to-face.

Safra Catz, the CEO of Oracle, had been the first to arrive at Trump Tower, after issuing a statement setting out what she, and likely the others, were likely to say.

‘If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation, and negotiate better trade deals, the U.S. technology community will be stronger and more competitive than ever,’ Catz said in a statement.

Soon after Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos arrived. He’s also the owner of the Washington Post, one of the many media outlets that Trump took issue with during his presidential campaign.

Other attendees included Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Alphabet’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, Palantier’s Alex Karp, Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Cisco’s Chuck Robbins, IBM’s Ginni Rometty and Saya Nadella of Microsoft.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates paid the president-elect a visit yesterday at Trump Tower.

Reporters were briefly led into the room, in which Trump hosted the tech titans, along with his three adult kids, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr.

Trump kicked off the meeting by complimenting Thiel.

‘He got about just the biggest applause at the Republican National Convention,’ Trump said.

‘He’s ahead of the curve. And I want to thank you. You’re a very special guy,’ Trump added, grabbing the hand of Thiel, who was sitting on his left-hand side.

The president-elect then addressed the full group.

‘So I want to add that I’m here to help you folks do well,’ Trump said. ‘You’re doing well right now and I’m very honored by the bounce.’

Trump was referring to the post-election bounce on the stock market.

‘They’re all talking about the bounce,’ he repeated.

Trump said the most important thing was ‘we want you to keep going with the incredible innovation.’

‘There’s nobody like you in the world, in the world. There’s nobody like the people in this room,’ the president-elect told the titans, which also included Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Alphabet’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt.

Trump pledged to be there for Silicon Valley and make it easier for American companies to trade.

‘And you’ll call my people, you’ll call me. It doesn’t make any difference,’ Trump continued. ‘We have no formal chain of command over here.’

After several minutes, reporters were ushered out of the room.

Attendees, like Sandberg, will likely bring up their own priorities like strong encryption and liability protections from content shared by their users.

The meeting was billed as an introductory session, said four sources briefed on the talks, all of whom requested anonymity to discuss a private meeting.

The CEOs of Airbnb and Uber were invited but are not attending. Uber’s Travis Kalanick will instead be traveling in India all week, according to a person familiar with his plans.

Trump clashed with Silicon Valley on several issues during the campaign, including immigration, government surveillance and encryption, and his surprise victory last month alarmed many companies that feared he might follow through on his pledges.

He has said that many tech companies are overvalued by investors.

‘You look at some of these tech stocks that are so, so weak as a concept and a company and they’re selling for so much money,’ he told Reuters in an interview in May.

Those concerns have not been assuaged in recent weeks as Trump has threatened to upset trade relationships with China, a key market for U.S. tech companies, and appoint officials who favor expanded surveillance programs.

‘For some of the companies, there was some hesitation about whether to attend’ because of sharp political and personal differences with Trump, one tech industry source said.

Nearly 600 employees of technology companies pledged in an open letter on Tuesday to refuse to help Trump’s administration build a data registry to track people based on their religion or assist in mass deportations.

Silicon Valley enjoyed a warm rapport with President Barack Obama and heavily supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign.

Invitation: Trump's move to reach out to Silicon Valley also saw Elon Musk and Uber's Travis Kalanick appointed to his business advisory council
Invitation: Trump’s move to reach out to Silicon Valley also saw Elon Musk and Uber’s Travis Kalanick appointed to his business advisory council
Special meeting: Tesla's Elon Musk will be sitting down with the president-elect for a special meeting after the roundtable
Special meeting: Tesla’s Elon Musk will be sitting down with the president-elect for a special meeting after the roundtable
Special meeting: Apple's Tim Cook will be sitting down with the president-elect for a special meeting after the roundtable
Special meeting: Apple’s Tim Cook will be sitting down with the president-elect for a special meeting after the roundtable
Attending: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will be present for the Trump Tower summit
Attending: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will be present for the Trump Tower summit
Attending: IBM CEO Ginny Rometty will be present for the Trump Tower summit
Attending: IBM CEO Ginny Rometty will be present for the Trump Tower summit
Trump encounter: Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, was a dyed in the wool Clinton supporter who was in Cuba on Monday
Trump encounter: Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, was a dyed in the wool Clinton supporter who was in Cuba on Monday
Not Trump fans: Google's Larry Page is also said to have been an opponent
Not Trump fans: Google’s Larry Page is also said to have been an opponent
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to attend Donald Trump's tech summit today. Yesterday his company's co-founder, Bill Gates, had a meeting with the president-elect
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is expected to attend Donald Trump’s tech summit today. Yesterday his company’s co-founder, Bill Gates, had a meeting with the president-elect
Not attending: Travis Kalanick, of Uber, is in India but was named to Trump's business advisory panel
Not attending: Travis Kalanick, of Uber, is in India but was named to Trump’s business advisory panel
Tech mogul Peter Thiel, a Trump supporter who spoke at the GOP convention, helped organize the Silicon Valley get-together
Tech mogul Peter Thiel, a Trump supporter who spoke at the GOP convention, helped organize the Silicon Valley get-together

Schmidt was photographed on election night at Clinton headquarters wearing a staff badge, and Musk said in interviews before the election that Trump’s character reflected poorly on the United States.

Despite those tensions, Trump named Musk to a business advisory council that will give private-sector input to Trump after he takes office on Jan. 20.

Uber’s Kalanick was also appointed to the council.

From the employees of the 10 largest Fortune 500 tech companies, Trump raised just $179,400 from 982 campaign donors who contributed more than $200.

Clinton raised $4.4 million from the employees of the same companies, with more than 20,400 donations, a Reuters review of contribution data found.

Trump publicly bashed the industry during the campaign. He urged his supporters to boycott Apple products over the company’s refusal to help the FBI unlock an iPhone associated with last year’s San Bernardino, California, shootings, threatened antitrust action against Amazon and demanded that tech companies build their products in the United States.

Trump has also been an opponent of the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules barring internet service providers from obstructing or slowing consumer access to web content.

Two advisers to his Federal Communications Commission transition team are opponents of the rules, as are the two Republicans on the FCC.

Last week, the two Republicans on the panel urged a quick reversal of many Obama policies and one, Commissioner Ajit Pai, said he believed that net neutrality’s ‘days are numbered.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Nikki Schwab; Reuters