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Axios: Why Tech Industry Has Turned on Trump

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 12:46 PM

A new report examines why some technology companies oppose President Donald Trump's policies less than three weeks after he took office.

Axios outlined several reasons why the tech industry, including CEOs, employees, and even its customers, is turning against the president.

Among the reasons listed by Axios are peer pressure from other Silicon Valley companies and leaders, opinionated and outspoken customers, and immigration issues. The latter is in regard to H-1B visas, which are given to skilled foreign tech workers.

Trump met with several leaders in the tech industry in December during a roundtable meeting at Trump Tower. He also announced a deal later that month that will add 8,000 U.S. jobs in the industry.

Despite the outreach, the tech industry is pushing back on Trump's policies — including his controversial temporary halt on immigration from seven countries with a terror presence. Ninety-seven companies filed a legal brief Sunday night that opposes the immigration halt.

Some tech leaders support Trump — including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer. A report last month claimed Thiel is being considered to serve as U.S. ambassador to Germany, but Thiel has said he would like to "help Mr. Trump as I can without a full-time position."

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