Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Larry Page Are Among Reported Tech Elites Meeting Up With Republican Leaders to Devise an End to Trump's Presidential Run
By Staff Writer
Mar 09, 2016 05:02 AM EST
Mar 09, 2016 05:02 AM EST
The world's top tech elites reportedly join in a secret meeting to devise an end to Donald Trump presidential run. Among those who are involved is Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, and Tesla and SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk.
The top tech executives met with top Republican representatives to discuss the matter, as reported by the Huffington Post. The agenda to stop the Republican fron-runner Donald Trump was talked over at the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, in Sea Island, Georgia.
Besides the tech elites, the Republican party leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sen. Tom Cotton, political guru Karl Rove, Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton, Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and other representatives, were also at the meeting. The billionaire GOP donor Philip Anschutz, whose company owns a stake in Sea Island, was also there. And even though the confab was closed to the press, the publisher of The New York Times Arthur Sulzberger was also at the meeting.
An email report from the gathering written by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol stated as quoted by Gizmodo, "A specter was haunting the World Forum - the specter of Donald Trump. There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he's done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated... The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him."
The exact points of discussion were not disclosed and is regarded as highly secretive, including the tech elites' input to the meeting. However, as Apple Insider reported, at one point of the meeting, the a dispute between Apple and the FBI about the company's resistance to help the agency unlock a terrorist's iPhone emerged. Sen. Tom Cotton and Tim Cook was involved in a fierce debate on that matter. Last month, Trump called for a boycott of Apple products until the company agrees to provide assistance to the FBI on that matter.
It's not confirmed that the tech CEOs was actually at the World Forum meeting. However, it's reported that some private jets departing from the island landed back in San Jose, California, which is considered to be the Capital of Silicon Valley. Among the reported tech executives to attend the forum was Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Larry Page, helping Republican representatives plot end to Donald Trump's presidential run as the GOP's front-runner.
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