Some of the brightest and most powerful minds in technology will converge on Trump Tower this week for a meeting with the President-elect. The impressive guest list includes one Elon Musk, who back in the day co-founded PayPal with Trump supporter and meeting organizer Peter Thiel. At first sources told Recode Musk had too many work obligations to attend, but it now appears Musk will be at the meeting after all.
Thiel reportedly organized the meeting of the tech elite with Trump’s chief of Staff Reince Priebus and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Invites flew out to big names like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Alphabet CEO Larry Page, all of whom will be attending. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who’s also the owner of the Trump-critical Washington Post, reportedly may be present as well.
On one hand, Musk’s invitation is no surprise; he’s one of the most high-profile executives in Silicon Valley. On the other hand, Musk certainly didn’t support Trump in the election. Bloomberg reported Musk was among prominent technology executives who donated money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign. In a CNBC interview in early November, Musk said of Trump, “He doesn’t seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States.”
But a few days after the interview, Trump won the requisite number of electoral votes, and now Musk has expressed a desire to chat with Trump. While sources initially hinted the clean energy entrepreneur might not be present at the meeting, Recode said sources did leave an opening for Musk to change plans. It appears he’s now done just that, making time to meet with the President-elect and other tech executives.
Well-known entrepreneurs and venture capitalists like Marc Andreessen, Reid Hoffman, and Mark Cuban will not be in attendance at Trump’s meeting. Hewlett-Packer CEO Meg Whitman, a Republican who compared Trump to Hitler during the campaign, will not be going either. Surprisingly, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has not at this time received an invitation.