On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump is hosting a tech summit at Trump Tower to discuss how he can help create jobs and be a catalyst for innovation. Attendees include Tim Cook of Apple, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Larry Page from Alphabet, as well as CEOs from Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Oracle, and Cisco Systems, according to the AP.
Transition spokesman Jason Miller told reporters Tuesday morning that the summit is designed to "bring the best and the brightest together to constantly push the envelope for new development."
During the campaign, many in the technology industry favored Hillary Clinton over Trump. And during the primaries, Trump sparred with Apple's Tim Cook over unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's phone. In July, 140 industry leaders penned an open letter trashing Trump which read, "We stand against Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy and want a candidate who embraces the ideals that built America’s technology industry."
Trump's biggest supporter from Sillicon Valley during the campaign was PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.
The President-elect has said that we need to get back to being innovators and inventing and making things here in America,
According to the transition team, this meeting is a continuation of Trump's push to create jobs in America.
Oracle's CEO Safra Catz said in a statement that in her view, the meeting is to show Trump that leaders like her stand with him.
"If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation, and negotiate better trade deals, the U.S. technology community will be stronger and more competitive than ever," Catz said.
Trump has prioritized tax reform and re-engineering trade deals. He has also made the repatriation of money stored overseas by companies a priority of his.
Much like Catz, Miller said that the meeting will focus on policies that can help the technology industry by ensuring that they "have the business climate where companies who are just starting or people who have these ideas can get out there and have the access to capital and the tax structure that encourages and foster such innovation and really this is the type of... presidency we are going to see from Donald Trump."
On Tuesday, Trump met with Microsoft's Bill Gates.