Donald Trump Hosts Silicon Valley Titans In Latest Bid To Turn Antagonists Into Allies

A powwow with Silicon Valley titans Wednesday was the latest maneuver by President-elect Donald Trump to heal wounds inflicted during the rough-and-tumble campaign on players he likely will need on his side once he takes office.

The meeting at Trump Tower with high-tech business leaders who backed Hillary Clinton and actively opposed the Republican candidate followed Mr. Trump’s pattern of turning antagonists into allies. He also has repaired relationships with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The banter was a 180-degree turn from some of the heated rhetoric on the campaign trail.

The “tech roundtable” included Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, a newspaper Mr. Trump regularly tangled with during the campaign, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, whose company Mr. Trump denounced for not helping the FBI unlock an iPhone used in a terrorist attack on an office Christmas party last year in San Bernardino, California.

Mr. Trump also pressed Apple to make more iPhones in the U.S., and he worried executives across Silicon Valley with his talk about cracking down on visas for foreign workers, upon which many high-tech firms rely.

“I see it as a smart move to bury the hatchet as early as possible. It is a very necessary move,” said Republican Party political strategist Ford O’Connell. “You’ve got to bring them to the table because if you are going to boost economic growth and put people back to work, the tech industry is one of the places where you’re going to do it.”

“Things do change,” Mr. O’Connell said. “People who were enemies become friends or people you need to work with.”

Read more from S.A. Miller at The Washington Times

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