Trump meets with tech leaders: Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Tesla, Intel

Photo: Donald Trump speaks as PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel (C) and Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook look on during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

With his children and Peter Thiel at his side, Predator-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday told Silicon Valley elites his regime will do "anything we can do" to help the same tech industry he mocked during his campaign.

Attendees included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and The Washington Post, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt of Alphabet and Google, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, Oracle CEO Safra A. Catz, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

Trump told them his regime is "going to be here for you. You’ll call my people, you’ll call me. We have no formal chain of command around here."

(L-R) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Larry Page, CEO and Co-founder of Alphabet, sit during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

(L-R) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Larry Page, CEO and Co-founder of Alphabet, sit during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sits with PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sits with PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016.

Remember now, the invited elites had to literally ascend a golden elevator to arrive at this Trump Tower meeting with America's favorite populist man of the people.

"This is truly an amazing group of people," Trump told them. "I want to add that I’m here to help you folks do well."

“And you’re doing well right now and I’m very honored by the bounce,” Trump continued.

“They’re all talking about the bounce. So right now everybody in this room has to like me — at least a little bit — but we’re going to try and have that bounce continue.” "There’s nobody like you in the world. There’s nobody like the people in this room."

"We’re going to make it a lot easier for you to trade across borders," said Trump.

It's not clear what he meant. Maybe the "bounce" referred to the chief narcissist's perception of his popularity as unscientifically gauged on the internet.

NYT:

Shortly after that, the press was ushered out of the room. It wasn’t immediately clear what unfolded after that.

Trump was joined by sons Donald Jr. and Eric, daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as he is at many of the official meetings he has held as Predator-Elect. It's almost like the Trump *family* is running America, which is so weird, because we didn't elect them but here they are, present at every meeting.

Trump was flanked by Mike Pence on his right, and Peter Thiel on his left.

Donald Trump speaks as (2nd L to R) PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook and Oracle CEO Safra Catz look on during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

Donald Trump speaks as (2nd L to R) PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook and Oracle CEO Safra Catz look on during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet Inc., sits during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet Inc., sits during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

Larry Page (C), CEO and Co-founder of Alphabet, speaks while Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook (R), and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos look on during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

Larry Page (C), CEO and Co-founder of Alphabet, speaks while Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook (R), and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos look on during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

Trump speaks while PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel and Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook look on during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

Trump speaks while PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel and Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook look on during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

(L-R) Larry Page, CEO and Co-founder of Alphabet, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence sit during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

(L-R) Larry Page, CEO and Co-founder of Alphabet, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence sit during a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS

From Recode:

President-elect Donald Trump; to his left is Peter Thiel, board member of Facebook, and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple. To Trump’s right is incoming Vice President Mike Pence. To Pence’s right is Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. To her right is Larry Page, co-founder of Google. Next to Page is Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is seated in the left foreground of the picture. Donald Trump’s children Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. are seated to the right of Jeff Bezos.

Not present: Jack Dorsey of Twitter.

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  1. Tesla is not an automotive company. Tesla is an energy company. They make electric cars, among other things. Things like solar tiles for roofs and battery packs (residential and utility-sized). Expect the other things to become more important in the future.

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