TRUMP TO STAGE THE UL­TI­MATE POWER LUNCH

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

All hail the Mr. Bigs of Amer­ica — the CEOs, the deal­mak­ers, the chair­men, the pres­i­dents. While Democrats dither over Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s Cabi­net choices and the breadth of his busi­ness hold­ings, a new re­al­ity is slowly but surely tak­ing over. The White House and Amer­ica it­self ap­pear des­tined to be­come a haven for smart busi­ness. Con­sider that 16 of the na­tion’s uber-CEOs plan to gather with Mr. Trump in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal for a meet­ing of the mighty.

They will as­sem­ble at the White House the first week of Fe­bru­ary, and they will go un­der this au­gust name: “The Pres­i­dent’s Strat­egy and Pol­icy Fo­rum.” So step aside here, folks. Mr. Trump is draw­ing the tal­ent from a ver­i­ta­ble pan­theon of busi­ness lead­ers. Names on the rar­efied ros­ter in­clude Mary Barra, chair­man and CEO of Gen­eral Mo­tors; Bob Iger, chair­man and CEO of The Walt Dis­ney Co.; Doug McMil­lon, pres­i­dent and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; and Jack Welch, for­mer chair­man and CEO of Gen­eral Elec­tric. The group’s chair­man is Stephen A. Sch­warz­man, CEO and co-founder of Black­stone, an as­set man­age­ment firm that has $361 bil­lion of those as­sets and 300,000 em­ploy­ees.

They are not there to pos­ture. The 16 mem­bers of the fo­rum are ex­pected to give pri­vate sec­tor in­sight on how gov­ern­ment pol­icy im­pacts eco­nomic growth, job cre­ation, and pro­duc­tiv­ity in a “frank, non­bu­reau­cratic, and non-par­ti­san man­ner,” ac­cord­ing to the Trump tran­si­tion team.

“This fo­rum brings to­gether CEOs and busi­ness lead­ers who know what it takes to cre­ate jobs and drive eco­nomic growth,” says Mr. Trump him­self. “My ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to draw­ing on pri­vate sec­tor ex­per­tise and cut­ting the gov­ern­ment red tape that is hold­ing back our busi­nesses from hir­ing, in­no­vat­ing, and ex­pand­ing right here in Amer­ica.”

COUR­TESY OF NBC

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump rules the board room, and has planned a gath­er­ing of the na­tion’s lead­ing busi­ness lead­ers at the White House.

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