Apple CEO Tim Cook and President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore)
Other attendees will allegedly include the CEOs of Google parent company
Alphabet, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Intel, and Oracle. Amazon CEO Jeff
Bezos was also invited, and he is likely to attend, the report noted.
There could be a few other attendees, as invites reportedly continued to
be sent by Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, son-in-law Jared
Kushner, and presidential transition team adviser and tech investor
Peter Thiel late into the week.
A handful of tech leaders have reportedly declined the invitation, as
the report noted some of the technology companies and executives
disagree with Trump on a myriad of key issues, ranging from encryption
to immigration reform.
“Look, this is obviously a circus,”
said one person close to the situation. “Everyone in tech just wants to
be invisible right now when it comes to this administration, but has to
participate since we have done it before.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has reportedly sent mixed signals about being
invited or not, while SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk was called an
“obvious invite,” although it is unclear if he will be attending.
• Apple CEO Tim Cook
• Alphabet CEO Larry Page
• Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
• Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
• Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins
• IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
• Intel CEO Brian Krzanich
• Oracle CEO Safra Catz
• Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (Likely)
• Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
• Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky
• Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
• Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff
• Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield
• Dropbox CEO Drew Houston
• HP CEO Meg Whitman
• Mark Cuban
The topics to be discussed at the roundtable meeting were not disclosed,
but Trump has previously expressed his desires to reform the corporate
tax code, reduce regulation, and negotiate better trade deals with other
Trump previously said he plans to offer Apple a “very large tax cut”
alongside “substantial regulation cuts” that will incentivize the
iPhone maker to manufacture its products in the United States, rather
than in China and other overseas countries.
“We’re going to get Apple to start building their damn computers and
things in this country instead of in other countries,” said Trump, while
campaigning at Liberty University in Virginia earlier this year.
Apple did reportedly ask its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn to study the possibility of moving iPhone production to the United States,
although Foxconn chairman Terry Gou was said to be less enthusiastic
about the idea due to inevitably higher production costs compared to
Meanwhile, Trump called for an Apple boycott
after the company refused to comply with a court order to unlock the
iPhone used by shooter Syed Farook in the San Bernardino attack last
December. The FBI later dropped its lawsuit against Apple after reportedly turning to Israeli company Cellebrite to crack the iPhone.
Trump said Cook congratulated him on winning the election, but the Apple chief was personally a Hillary Clinton supporter. Following Trump’s victory, Cook urged Apple employees to “move forward together” despite “uncertainties ahead.”