CEOs Jeff Bezos said he emphasized at a gathering of tech titans with President elect Donald J. Trump that innovation was key in creating new jobs.

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Jeff Bezos said a gathering of tech titans Wednesday with President-elect Donald J. Trump had been “very productive,” and that the CEO emphasized to the incoming administration that innovation was key in creating new jobs.

Bezos, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Apple’s Tim Cook and other high-flying tech executives attended a meeting at Trump Tower in New York with the president elect and his transition team.

It was an encounter with a man who, as a candidate, rubbed many in the technology industry the wrong way with restrictive views on immigration and other social issues.

Trump didn’t seem very happy with Big Tech either. He lambasted Apple for manufacturing iPhones abroad and singled out Bezos, who owns The Washington Post in addition to Amazon.

In a statement, Bezos reported that he “shared the view that the administration should make innovation one of its key pillars, which would create a huge number of jobs across the whole country, in all sectors, not just tech — agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing– everywhere,” the CEO said.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump sought to reassure the U.S. tech executives that he had their back. “We want you to keep going with the incredible innovation. There’s nobody like you in the world. … Anything we can do to help this go along, we’re going to be there for you,” he’s quoted as saying.

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