Feb 8, 2017

Trump and Pence talk to tech

Evan Vucci / AP

The Trump administration has two conversations with tech leaders on deck today, according to guidance.

  • President Trump is set to meet with Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel.
  • Vice President Pence will speak later on the phone with Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk.

What they could talk about: The ongoing firestorm over Trump's ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. Intel, Tesla and SpaceX have all opposed the ban in federal court in a case the administration is contesting.

The view from Silicon Valley: It's becoming increasingly difficult for tech companies and their executives to tie themselves to Trump, even while opposing his actions. Uber, for example, faced a backlash from users and its own employees over CEO Travis Kalanick's presence on a Trump advisory council. He quit before a recent meeting of the group. Musk attended the meeting.

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