Donald Trump has praised tech giants’ “incredible innovation” during a summit at Trump Tower.
Hosting with three of his children – Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka – the president-elect told the executives he would make trading across borders “a lot easier”.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Apple’s Tim Cook and Tesla’s Elon Musk attended the meeting.
Paypal founder Peter Thiel, a member of Donald Trump’s team, was also at the December 14 meeting.
Peterr Thiel, who has been a vocal Trump ally and spoke about his nomination at the Republican National Convention this summer, is expected to act as the bridge between the new administration and tech leaders.
Throughout his campaign to be elected president, Donald Trump put technology companies and their executives in the firing line, with calls for boycotts and accusations of tax-dodging.
Donald Trump told his guests he was “here to help you folks to do well”.
The president-elect said: “We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. There’s nobody like you in the world.
“You’ll call my people, you’ll call me, it doesn’t make any difference. We have no formal chain of command around here.”
Donald Trump also told the group that technology companies benefited from a “bounce” after his election, adding “everybody in this room has to like me at least a little bit”.
He struck a positive tone with industry leaders despite bashing companies like Apple and Amazon throughout his campaign for sending jobs offshore and their stance on encryption.
Earlier this year, more than 140 tech leaders from Silicon Valley signed an open letter arguing against Donald Trump’s candidacy, warning the Republican “would be a disaster for innovation”.
Notably absent from this meeting was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.