Paradoxically, the only Silicon Valley titan not invited to the digital summit Wednesday at Trump Tower was Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, the favorite social media network of the president-elect. Dorsey had described the relationship as “problematic,” after the anathemas tweeted by Trump and after Twitter denied his election campaign the use of an anti-Hillary emoji. But apart from Twitter’s punitive exclusion, the rest of the elite was there: Tim Cook (Apple), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Larry Page (Google).
All the major players of the “digital-industrial” sector went to the Trump Tower in spite of the fact that they harshly criticized Trump and during the campaign supported and financed Clinton. Many in Silicon Valley criticized their rush to Trump’s court. Gizmodo, the irreverent news outlet of the Valley, wondered what might be the “supreme leader’s” punishment for disloyal subjects.
The moniker was a sarcastic reference to the “re-education session” Trump meted out to American journalists, summoned a couple of weeks ago by the “Manchurian” president. They, too, were called to the tower on Fifth Avenue for a meeting that soon turned into a “fucking firing squad,” according to one witness. Trump delivered a sound scolding to anchors and envoys of the TV networks. At some point, he even reproached CNN President Jeff Zucker: “Your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.”