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    Cisco CEO reveals what happened at the 'interactive' Trump Tower tech meeting

    Cisco CEO reveals what happened at the 'interactive' Trump Tower tech meeting with Silicon Valley power players

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    Published 7:03 am, Wednesday, January 18, 2017


    DAVOS, Switzerland — Chuck Robbins, the CEO of Cisco, attended US President-elect Donald Trump's tech summit last month at Trump Tower.

    Almost all of Silicon Valley's heavy hitters were there, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

    What was discussed?

    Robbins, who was on a Business Insider-led "Innovation" panel at the World Economic Forum here in Switzerland, said the group made progress in discussing diverging views on issues like trade and immigration. He also called the meeting "interactive" and said "lots of laughs" were shared.

    "It was an incredibly constructive meeting," Robbins said. "And I think everyone that walked in that room put behind them whatever their political views were during the election."

    He continued:

    "I'll say that even the Trump team — everyone is looking forward at how we work together to solve challenges, to create jobs, and to do the things that need to be done ... We discussed issues of tax, we discussed trade, we discussed immigration, we discussed innovation and entrepreneurship, we discussed job creation, and it was a very engaging discussion. There was a lot of interactive dialogue. Lots of laughs. So it was a very constructive meeting.

    "I came out, from a business perspective, very optimistic about what it might mean for global business. Because the US and the global economy are so intertwined that you can't impact them independent of each other. So I think the changes that are being contemplated will not only be good for the US but will also be good for the global economy."


    With regard to immigration, many US companies take part in the H1B visa program, which allows them to apply to hire graduate-level immigrants temporarily, particularly for technical and engineering roles.

    But both Trump and his pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, have voiced concerns about companies "abusing" H1B visas and have suggested they're used to cut costs. The hired immigrants often require less compensation than American workers.

    Robbins said the executives spoke with Trump about separating border issues from visa issues for high-skilled workers.

    "There's immigration control and the border issues and then there's high-skilled immigration," he told Business Insider. "They're two different issues, and he agreed with that. I think when I talk to leaders of other countries around the world, everyone is trying to think through what their high-skilled-immigration strategy is.

    Because everyone is struggling to have the best and brightest working inside their borders. When you look at Silicon Valley, even 44% of the startups are started by immigrants ... The entire focus that all of us have had on diversity for the past decade has been to bring different ways of thinking because that actually spurs innovation. It generates new ideas."

    Here's a link to the full interview with Robbins and the other panelists at the World Economic Forum about the future of Innovation. His comments about the Trump meeting can be seen below at the 11:30 mark and continue at the 16:40 mark.


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    No, immigration does not bring innovation. You get your innovation of immigrants because they were educated in the US in some education spot that should have gone to a US citizen and because you hired them instead of US citizens. Robbins argument is the tail wagging the dog and completely false. Look at their countries. Are they innovative? Do the solve problems? Are they more advanced than we are? NO, THEY ARE NOT. NOT ONE BIT.

    Americans are the most innovative, creative people on Earth. All you have to do is look at what we've done when protected to do so. Take your phony H1B horse hockey and drop it somewhere else, not here in the United States and most certainly not with the our next President. He may sit there and schmooze your dumb asses to be friendly, but he KNOWS you're full of crap. It's not "diversity", it's not "innovation", it's CHEAP LABOR, period. And Donald Trump is going to end that treasonous charade you parade in your industry.
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