Anti-Trump Tech Leaders Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos to Meet President-Elect

“Yes I can confirm the tech summit is taking place,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks tells TheWrap

Last Updated: December 12, 2016 @ 11:16 AM

Top execs from world biggest tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft — many of whom actively supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign — are scheduled to meet with President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, TheWrap has learned.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich plan to attend.

“I can confirm the tech summit is taking place,” Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks told TheWrap in an email.

The Trump team did elaborate on the reason for the meeting. But CNN reported on Monday that “the tech industry and Trump administration could clash over some important issues like net neutrality and immigration.”

The report also stated that the invitation was sent out by the Trump team and was signed by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

Trump and Bezos have been at odds during the campaign. Last year, Trump took issue with Bezos’ 2013 purchase of the Washington Post, which Trump said was a way for Amazon to avoid paying more taxes. Trump also clashed with The Post, blacklisting the paper’s reporters after what he considered unfavorable coverage.

In October, Bezos has criticized Trump’s rhetoric saying that it “erodes our democracy around the edges.”

Cook hosted fundraisers for Clinton, and Sandberg was said to be in consideration for a cabinet post if the former secretary of state had won the election.

CNN also reports that Eric Schmidt, Alphabet’s executive chairman, will also be in attendance. Schmidt was a Clinton supporter during the campaign.

Other tech industry players expected to attend: Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, who is part of Trump’s newly established policy forum.

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