DONALD TRUMP has met with executives from the world's top tech companies as he continues to attempt to curry favour ahead of his presidency.
Tim Cook of Apple looked on, as bored as most journalists were during the Macbook Pro launch, as he sat alongside the likes of Microsoft's Satya Nadella, who hadn't confirmed his attendance, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Elon Musk of Tesla and Space X, Brian Krzanich of Intel, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, Oracle's Safra Catz, Chuck Robbins from Cisco, Alex Karp of Palantir along with Larry Page and Eric Schmidt of Google and Alphabet.
Ivanka, Eric and Donald Junior also attended the meeting, because it was 'take your devil-spawn to work day' presumably, or he couldn't get a babysitter.
The hour-long meeting wasn't attended by anyone from Twitter. Reasons on the grapevine include a perception that it's "too small" (that's what she said) and the more likely suggestion that as reported in Politico it was because the Trump campaign proposed a ‘Crooked Hillary' emoji and Twitter refused, despite a $5m carrot to do it.
After all, if it was about size, Trump would have had to ban his own hands. Google on the other (tiny) hand has recently started letting people search by emoji using Twitter.
Trump told the assembled techs "I'm Here to Help" and massaged the egos with "There's nobody like you in the world".
This seems like a definitive attempt to ‘make tech like me again' after a number of the attendees said some fairly damning things about ol' wire-wool-wiggy during the campaign, yet now have to work with him.
The Twitter snub could get interesting because it does seem to be Trump's favoured method of communication and as such, it does further suggest that Trump's presidency will be the result of bullying the crap out of people who don't do what he says.
Twitter recently said that it would happily ban Donald Trump if he didn't play nicely on its service.
Trump's advisor Sean Spicer is said to have told MSNBC that "the conference table was only so big". Like Trump's hands then. µ
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