Cisco's Robbins confirms participation in Trump's tech policy roundtable

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Chuck Robbins, the CEO of Cisco, confirmed he will take part in next week’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump’s technology leaders roundtable meeting.

Citing a transition official who has seen the invitations, The New York Times reported that Silicon Valley leaders will gather in New York to talk with the incoming president about how to develop a new technology strategy.

Robbins will be joined by fellow Silicon Valley colleague Safra Catz, CEO of Oracle. However, spokespeople for other major technology companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Apple, would not provide a comment to the New York Times.


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The Trump camp also did not reply to a request for comment.

Although the roundtable’s agenda has not been revealed yet, industry insiders say it will be a far cry from the cooperative mentality that emerged between President Obama and the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs that thrive on new innovations.

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Trump has tasked investor and Facebook board member Peter Thiel to help him develop a new technology policy.

On Tuesday, Trump met with Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of SoftBank Group, which recently developed an investment fund that could invest up to $100 billion to spur innovation across technology companies worldwide. Trump later said in a Twitter post that Son agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create “50,000 new jobs.”

Trump has proposed some interesting demands to large companies like Apple. He asked Apple CEO Tim Cook to construct “a big plant” in the United States — or even better, “many big plants.”

Apple conducts much of its production in China. According to economists, reproducing a series of suppliers in the United States would significantly drive up the costs of iPhones, for example.

Technology investments have been a key priority for Trump.

Trump has pledged to spend $1 trillion on making upgrades in the country’s infrastructure, but technology and telecom industry leaders say that fiber investments should have the same priority as building new bridges and highways.

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