Short Bytes: The top leaders from Silicon Valley and Republican Commiserate recently met at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum gathering. Apparently, meeting’s main agenda was “How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump?”
The event, held at a private island resort off the Georgian coast, included top tech CEOs and members of the Republican establishment. According to the sources familiar with the event, this gathering was the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum.
The other people who attended the meeting included Napster creator Sean Parker, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and others.
The World Forum event is closed for press, so it’s unclear to what degree the tech leaders actually talked about Trump. But, according to the insider reports, political commentator Bill Kristol sent an email calling Trump “a specter” who was haunting the World Forum.
According to an anonymous participant of the meeting, the conversation revolved around “how this happened, rather than how are we going to stop Trump.”
Another issue that was debated in the conference was the iPhone encryption. At one point, Tom Cotton (Ark.) and Tim Cook got into a fierce debate. “Cotton was pretty harsh on Cook and everyone was a little uncomfortable about how hostile Cotton was,” according to a source.
AEI has held its annual World Forum on Sea Island for years and it’s known to be a super-secretive affair. This tech-political gathering also shows the influence of the corporate world and top Silicon Valley leaders in American politics.
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