Heavy hitters in the tech industry including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk met with top GOP reps at the secretive American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum this past weekend to figure out how to stop Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to the Huffington Post.
The tech gurus were reportedly joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.). Along with Ryan, the House was represented by Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.), Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas) and almost-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), sources said, along with leadership figure Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) and Diane Black (Tenn.).
The Huffington Post, quoting unnamed “sources familiar with the meeting,” said that much of the conversation around Trump centered on "how this happened, rather than how are we going to stop him.” Trump, who already has nearly one-third of the delegates he needs to secure the GOP nomination, faces major tests in the Florida and Ohio primaries next week. If he wins both those states, he will need to win just half of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination.
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) a nonpartisan public policy research institute with a community of scholars and supporters dedicated to issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. The AEI World Forum is an annual meeting of business and financial executives, heads of government, government officials, and intellectuals.