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CTA's Gary Shapiro Outlines Trump and Tech's Intertwined Goals

Arlington, VA – December 14, 2016 – 


Trump and Tech's Intertwined Goals
By Gary Shapiro
Morning Consult

The tech leaders invited to Wednesday's meeting with President-elect Trump collectively represent more than 1.3 million U.S. jobs and have a total market cap of $2.9 trillion. In short, they are critical to our country's economic success. While the tech industry did not openly support Trump in this election cycle, technology is not political by nature. Now, the industry and Trump must choose to be allies, as we share interests and views on the biggest issues important to building a bright future for all Americans.

The tech executives meeting with Trump are living the American Dream. Each of them achieved success through intellect, perseverance and bold thinking. They also want America to live up to its greatest potential. President-elect Trump values and respects the American Dream and its adjuncts: hard work, creativity and entrepreneurship. As host of  The Apprentice, Trump challenged contestants to be creative, focused and sell something new. More, Trump has a diverse business background and would likely restrict the runaway federal bureaucracy, which also frustrates many tech company CEOs.

Both Trump and the tech industry are more committed to solving problems than adhering to ideology. Trump shows signs of being a compromiser - from his book, The Art of the Deal, to his early engagement with No Labels, a bipartisan group focused on solving our nation's biggest problems: energy, job creation, entitlements and the national debt. He is a patriot, and his litmus test should be not whether someone comes from the political right or left, but whether they and their ideas are right or wrong for America. 


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