Just yesterday the tech industry, and tech journalism alike, was buzzing when news broke that Donald Trump met with Satya Nadella and other tech industry leaders. At the time of initial reports, was not immediately clear what was discussed at the meeting, but today more details have emerged, and it is reportedly being called “productive.”
As reported by the New York Times, a partial video of the meeting has emerged, and Donald Trump reportedly addressed concerns of the tech industry. He also praised the leaders and called them a “truly amazing group of people,” and also said that”there’s nobody like these people in the room.” Other comments from the President-Elect included:
“I won’t tell you the hundres of calls we’ve had, asking to come to this meeting… 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,” 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 countinue. And perhaps more importantly, we want you to keep going with the incredible innovation.”
Donald Trump also expressed interest in helping the tech companies make trade deals, and said at the meeting:
“We’re going to be there for you. You’ll call my people, you’ll call me, it doesn’t make any difference. We have no formal chain of command around here. We’re going to to fair trade deals, we’re going to make it a lot easier for you to trade.”
According to GeekWire, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who was in attendance at the meeting, found the sit down with the President-Elect productive. Though his statement does not speak for everyone who was in attendance, Bezos said after the meeting:
I found today’s meeting with the President-elect, his transition team, and tech leaders to be very productive… I shared the view that the administration should make innovation one of its key pillars, which would create a huge number of jobs across the whole country, in all sectors, not just tech — agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing — everywhere”
Other parts of the meeting were not recorded, so it’s still not clear what was discussed beyond what the video tells us. No comments have been yet released by Microsoft, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and chief legal officer, Brad Smith, have both released statements on Donald Trump’s election win.