Trump Invites Tech Leaders to a Meeting

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President-elect Donald Trump invited tech industry leaders to a "technology roundtable" on Dec. 14 in New York, according to a copy of the invite reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

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The invite said the agenda and location for the meeting will be provided shortly. It was signed by Reince Priebus, the incoming White House chief of staff, Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump's son-in-law who has been a top adviser throughout the campaign, and Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor who backed Mr. Trump during the election.

USA Today earlier Tuesday reported news of the invite.

The recipients of the invite couldn't immediately be learned.

During the presidential race, Silicon Valley leaders nearly unanimously endorsed Hillary Clinton and denounced Mr. Trump in part because of his campaign statements about limiting free trade and immigration.

Mr. Trump also took aim at several tech companies on the campaign trail. He called for a consumer boycott of Apple Inc. over its refusal to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation access the iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino attack. He also claimed International Business Machines Corp. was moving jobs overseas. IBM Chief Executive Ginny Rometty was the lone tech executive appointed to Mr. Trump's council of business advisers announced last week.

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Mr. Thiel was nearly alone among Silicon Valley executives and investors in endorsing Mr. Trump and was rewarded with a role on the President-elect's transition team. Even some stalwart Republican tech executives backed Mrs. Clinton, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Chief Executive Meg Whitman and Cisco Systems Inc. Chairman John Chambers.

A staunch Libertarian, Mr. Thiel co-founded payments company Pay-Pal Holdings Inc. and sits on the board of Facebook Inc., after making an early bet on the social network. He also is a co-founder of big-data software firm Palantir Technologies Inc., whose customers include government agencies, and through his venture firm Founders Fund he has invested in companies dealing with the U.S. government including Space Exploration Technologies Inc. and Oscar Insurance Corp.

Write to Rolfe Winkler at rolfe.winkler@wsj.com