Trump Invites Tech Industry Leaders to Roundtable Next Week


President-elect Donald Trump has invited technology industry leaders to a roundtable next week in New York.

The invitation for the Dec. 14 summit was sent by Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and transition team adviser Peter Thiel. Among the CEOs who plan to attend the meeting are Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins and Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz.

The tech industry, which bet heavily on Hillary Clinton in the months leading up to the presidential election, is looking to build bridges to the incoming administration.

The Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for Thiel declined to comment.

The stakes are high after the industry-wide snubbing of the president-elect, who attacked Apple and Amazon during the campaign.

Trump last week announced the formation of a business council chaired by Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of investment firm Blackstone Group and comprised of the leaders of major U.S. corporations including GE, GM and Boeing.

Noticeably absent were the chief executives of Apple, Facebook and Google. The only representative from tech was IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, who is not from Silicon Valley. Last month Rometty published an open letter to Trump, offering support for some of Trump’s policies.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Guynn and Jon Swartz

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