Will Anyone From Silicon Valley Stand up to Trump at His Tech Summit?

December 12, 2016, 2:15 PM UTC

Donald Trump has reportedly sent out invitations to a high-tech summit to be held on Wednesday, and the list of attendees apparently includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Will any of the guests stand up to Trump or will they defer to him because of the enormous power he will soon have?

There are some conspicuous holes in the invitation list, including billionaire Mark Cuban and Salesforce founder Marc Benioff, both of whom were supporters of Hillary Clinton, and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, who compared Trump to Hitler.

Even without these prominent critics, however, the atmosphere in the Trump Tower boardroom is likely to be tense. Most of Silicon Valley supported Hillary Clinton, with the exception of PayPal billionaire Peter Thiel, who is said to be one of the architects of the meeting.

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Will Tim Cook confront Trump about his criticism of Apple’s use of offshore labor? Will Larry Page bring up the President-elect’s dislike of net neutrality, and try convince him he is wrong? Will Jeff Bezos—as owner of The Washington Post—challenge Trump’s hostile attitude towards the media and the impact that could have on freedom of the press?

None of this seems terribly likely. Instead, Oracle CEO Safra Catz‘s attitude will probably be the dominant approach: “I plan to tell the President-elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can,” Catz said.

When there’s a new sheriff in town, probably better to start out on his good side. Silicon Valley is nothing if not pragmatic.

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