The rich and powerful from many circles, including the world of technology and Capitol Hill, all gathered at a secret meeting in Sea Island, Georgia over the weekend. The attendees included politicians such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, several senators, Larry Page, Tim Cook, Elon Musk and Sean Parker. The gathering was for the annual American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum, but one topic dominated the conversations, according to The Huffington Post: Donald Trump.
The Huffington Post and its sources suggested that the folks in attendance were trying to figure out how Donald Trump gained such popularity and that the importance of the meetings was on that topic “rather than how [to] stop him,” though it seems that was also on the minds of some in attendance.
One might wonder what this has to do with the tech elite, but the next president will play a big role in setting policies that affect American companies, including those led by some of the aforementioned executives. Apparently a few of them don’t think Trump is the right person to lead the country.
“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,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, who was in attendance, told The Huffington Post.
Trump wasn’t the only topic ruffling a few feathers – given the current battle between the FBI and Apple, it seems that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senator Tom Cotton (Ark.) also had a bit of an argument on consumer privacy.