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Trump, Silicon Valley's elite seek to smooth over frictions

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 01:39

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will host executives from top technology companies for a meeting at his Manhattan tower on Wednesday. Fred Katayama reports.

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A group of Silicon Valley titans heading to Trump Tower for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Among them Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, and Microsoft's Satya Nadella. Also on the list, Tesla's Elon Musk, and Alphabet's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, and Amazon's Jeff Bezos. Even though the one-hour tech summit has no formal agenda, participants are expected to talk mainly about jobs. Mitch Silber of FTI Geopolitical Intelligence. (SOUNDBITE) MITCH SILBER, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, GLOBAL TEAM LEADER, FTI GEOPOLITICAL INTELLIGENCE, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "How can these companies increase the number of American workers that they might hire. And, I think, that would be an interesting discussion. You may also cross into the discussion about H-1B visa, which is the ability to hire foreign workers to come in and work in the U.S., and whether the President-elect wants to or signals some type of potential change in that policy." Silicon Valley largely opposed Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. Schmidt, Musk and other industry leaders openly supported his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump's plan to limit immigration could have a disastrous impact on an industry where thousands of workers are on H1B visas. Trump has taken a swing at Silicon Valley as well. He criticized Apple for producing iPhones in China, stashing cash in foreign countries, and refusing to provide security backdoors to law enforcement. He also expressed his dismay with Jeff Bezos, accusing him of buying The Washington Post to gain political influence. He had blacklisted the daily from covering his campaign.

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Trump, Silicon Valley's elite seek to smooth over frictions

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 01:39