With his inauguration just around the corner, President-elect Donald Trump is trying to make things nice with all the powerful (and rich) people he criticized during his divisive presidential campaign.
The foul-mouthed billionaire invited a bunch of Silicon Valley moguls he may or may not have previously blasted to a highly publicized meeting at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Several tech elites – including Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, Google’s Eric Schmidt, IBM’s Ginni Rometty, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Tesla’s Elon Musk, Oracle’s Safra Catz, Cisco Systems’ Chuck Robbins, Alphabet's Larry Page and Amazon's Jeff Bezos – attended the highly publicized meeting at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
“We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation... Anything we can do to help this go along we’re going to be there for you,” the bigoted billionaire reportedly told the executives. “You call my people, you call me. It doesn’t make any difference.”
However, noticeably missing from the awkward looking peace-making conference was Jack Dorsey, the creator and CEO of Trump’s favorite mode of communication: Twitter.
Although the Republican National Committee representative, Sean Spicer, defended Twitter's absence by claiming, "The conference table was only so big, OK?" and the Trump team insisted Twitter was not a big enough company to be invited, the Politico reports Trump team “bounced” Twitter from the tech leaders meeting in retribution of a failed emoji deal.
During the campaign run, when the president-elect was calling Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton “crooked,” the Trump team wanted an emoji version of their favorite anti-Clinton hashtag: #CrookedHillary, which would have shown two bags of money.
However, Twitter, which reportedly made $5 million promotional deal the Trump campaign, rejected the idea.
Politico’s source said Spicer was the one who refused to invite Dorsey or other Twitter executives to the meeting.
Well, considering how petty and unforgiving the former reality TV star can be, this isn’t too hard to believe.
“I'm here to help you folks do well,” Trump continued during the conference. “And you're doing well right now and I'm very honored by the bounce. They're all talking about the bounce. So right now everybody in this room has to like me – at least a little bit – but we're going to try and have that bounce continue.”
The "president elect" banned Twitter from a meeting because they didn't give him crooked Hillary emoji. RIP, America https://t.co/UB3cDwBhc6— ObamaOutAndMeToo (@theonlyadult) December 14, 2016
Twitter wouldn't make Trump a "Crooked Hillary" emoji so they got bounced from Trump tech summit: https://t.co/1fY13idssq— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) December 14, 2016
Twitter didnt get to go to the Trump Tech summit b/c they wudnt make a Crooked Hillary emoji. They shud make a petty lil bitch emoji instead— Harvey King of Shade (@bodysculptorokc) December 15, 2016
.@realDonaldTrump Did Twitter hurt ur feelings by not making a Crooked Hillary emoji? Tragic.No wonder u didnt address Aleppo tragedy ystrdy— Julia Fortney (@JuliaFortney) December 15, 2016
Nothing says adult or freedom like Trump kicking Twitter CEO out of tech meeting 'cuz he refused to make @PEOTUS a "Crooked Hillary" emoji.— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) December 14, 2016
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