Trump invites tech leaders to talk after industry opposition

Posted December 7th, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has invited technology leaders, many of whom supported his opponent, to a discussion next week in New York as Silicon Valley seeks new relationships with the incoming administration.

Oracle Co-Chief Executive Officer Safra Catz, among the business leaders and politicians who met last month with Trump in the days after his election, will attend the technology discussion, according to Oracle.

A spokesman for Trump's transition team didn't return requests seeking comment on the meeting.

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, a Facebook board member, was among Trump's lone prominent backer from the tech industry and is a member of his transition team. Some executives of large U.S. technology companies offered conciliatory words after the election and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty was among those named last week by Trump to an economic advisory panel that will begin meeting with him in February.

The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 14, with the agenda not yet decided, according to a copy of the invitation signed by Thiel, Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law.

The tech discussion with Trump was reported earlier by USA Today and Politico.

Facebook, Apple and Alphabet declined to comment about whether company executives had been invited or would attend.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Cisco Systems Inc. Chief Executive Chuck Robbins plans to attending the meeting. They also reached out to Salesforce Inc. and Intel Corp. and both companies declined to comment about whether their CEOs received invitaitons.

The American-Statesman reached out to Dell Technologies and asked whether anyone at Dell was invited. A spokesman declined to comment.

American-Statesman reporter Lilly Rockwell contributed to this report.