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The Content Of Trump Tech Meeting
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The leaders of tech were close-mouthed about their meeting with President-elect Donald Trump yesterday in New York, saying little about it, both before and after in public and online. Save for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calling the confab "very productive" — the verbal equivalent of dead air — execs like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Apple CEO Tim Cook and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not comment about what was said in the room and most of the press reports afterward were very vague.
Thank goodness, you have Recode to tell you who said what in the room right after Trump did a decidedly odd little handshake with investor Peter Thiel — who rounded up the Silicon Valley potentates for him — talked about a stock market "bounce" and noted how smart those gathered were. (It was def a collection of smarties, all wearing their fancy clothes!)
After the press left and the doors were closed though, the visitors from the digital world actually did try to bring up a number of substantive major issues with Trump — although I may not have the order of topics quite right — and those gathered there. That included Trump's three eldest kids being present, which most sources close to the execs (no, I am not saying which ones) thought was inappropriate on a number of levels.
"They took up three seats that should have gone to key tech people," said one source, pointing to the odd absence of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Another source said that the conflict of interest seemed clear, while another just laughed and joked, "The U.S. is now a family business, I guess."
One Trump family member did rise to a level of interest for the group: Son-in-law and chief whisperer Jared Kushner, who kicked off the session and seemed more engaged than any other administration member there.
"It was clear that Kushner was the one thinking about this stuff and framing it," said one source with knowledge of the meeting.
At the top of the gathering, Microsoft's Nadella brought up perhaps the most thorny issue: Immigration and how the government can help tech with things like H-1B visas to keep and bring in more talent. He pointed out that much of the company's spending on research and development was in the U.S., even if 50 percent of the sales were elsewhere, so that immigration would benefit those here.
Surprisingly to the group, Trump apparently responded favorably, "Let's fix that," he said without a specific promise and then asked: "What can I do to make it better?"
Apple's Cook brought up another related issue, that of science, technology, engineering and math education, which has been a big initiative of President Barack Obama and also was pushed by Trump presidential rival Hillary Clinton.
Trump has said little about it in the campaign and, when he addressed it in a debate, turned it into a speech about school choice and state control of education.

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