President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon is hosting a meeting at Trump Tower of Silicon Valley leaders.
“I’m here to help you folks do well. You’re doing well right now,” Mr. Trump said at the beginning of the roundtable. “Anything we can do to help this go long. We’re going to be there for you. You’ll call my people.”
The following people are attending the meeting: Oracle CEO Safra Catz, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Google co-founder Larry Page, former Google CEO and executive chairman of Alphabet Inc. Eric Schmidt, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, IBM CEO Ginni Rommety, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Palantir CEO Alex Karp.
The focus of the roundtable discussion is on bringing tech jobs back to the U.S. Mr. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and investor Peter Thiel helped to organize the meeting.
Before the meeting, IBM’s Rometty announced in an opinion piece in USA Today that she plans to hire about 25,000 people in the U.S. and invest $1 billion over the next four years. The investment would be in “‘new collar’ jobs that employers in many industries demand, but which remain largely unfilled.” In many cases, she wrote, these jobs wouldn’t require a traditional college degree. Applicants would instead have appropriate vocational training -- IBM is already backing a model for this curriculum.
A number of the people attending the meeting supported Hillary Clinton during the presidential race.
This comes a few weeks after Mr. Trump was crediting with brokering a deal with Carrier to save more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs from being moved to Mexico.
CBS News’ Steve Chaggaris contributed to this report.