TRUMP TO STAGE THE ULTIMATE POWER LUNCH
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.”
President-elect Donald Trump rules the board room, and has planned a gathering of the nation’s leading business leaders at the White House.