This week’s meeting between Donald Trump and top execs from the tech industry may become a recurring event, possibly as frequently as every quarter.
That’s one of the takeaways from a readout of the meeting posted to the president-elect’s website by his transition team.
The post summarizes topics the chief execs from Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Apple, and more discussed with Trump — and it appears they covered quite a bit of ground after the cameras went off.
A journalist captured the initial moments of the meeting (below) before Trump’s team put the kibosh on recording.
Trump to tech leaders: "You'll call my people, you'll call me—it doesn't make any difference—we have no formal chain of command around here" pic.twitter.com/F4jBKA38zU
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) December 14, 2016
A report from Recode, citing a number of anonymous sources, covers issues that were brought up during the meeting. For the most part, the president-elect didn’t respond with specific or substantive plans to address them. He did, however, say “let’s fix that” when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella brought up H-1B visas and challenges tech companies have bringing in skilled talent from other countries, according to Recode.
Below is a list of topics covered, according to the post on GreatAgain.gov.
- Creating more jobs for American workers
- Climinating barriers preventing American companies from doing business in other countries
- America’s competitive trade dynamic and market access with China
- Cutting taxes
- Repatriation of American profits kept overseas by prohibitive tax rates
- Improving our physical and digital infrastructures
- Protecting our intellectual property rights
- Improving America’s cybersecurity
- Updating our government software systems
- Technology in schools
- The need for greater vocational education opportunities
- Reducing bureaucracy
- Introducing greater accountability in the government procurement process
- The leaders in attendance also praised the ingenuity and energy of the American workforce, and President-elect Trump suggested reconvening the tech leaders again in the future, perhaps as frequently as every quarter.