Trump began by saying, "Well I just wanted to thank everybody. This is a truly amazing group of people. I won't tell you the hundreds of calls we've had asking to come to this meeting."
Attendees included Apple CEO Tim Cook; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Tesla CEO Elon Musk; Alphabet CEO Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt; Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith; and the CEOs of Intel, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, and Palantir.
"I'm here to help you folks do well," said Trump. "We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. There’s nobody like you in the world. There's nobody like the people in this room. Anything we can do to help this go long, we're going to be there for you. You'll call my people, you'll call me. It doesn’t make any difference. We have no formal chain of command around here."
Apple CEO Tim Cook of Tesla CEO Elon Musk were scheduled to stay at Trump Tower after the meeting to speak privately with Trump, reports the WSJ. While Trump has opposed Apple's encryption stance, he is in favor of a tax cut for repatriating offshore funds.
Take a look below to see a video of the opening few minutes of the meeting.