President Donald Trump has a penchant for bringing in CEOs to talk items like business, regulation and trade, and on Tuesday, he's bringing in his biggest group of chief executives yet.
The president hosted a town hall with dozens of CEOs late-morning Tuesday to discuss the American business climate. Administration members Gary Cohn, Elaine Chao, Christopher Liddell, Wilbur Ross, Ivanka Trump and Dina Powell were in attendance, as well as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and some 50 business leaders.
Stephen Schwarzman, chairman and CEO of Blackstone (BX) - Get Report with a close relationship to Trump, will co-chair the event alongside Citigroup C CEO Michael Corbat. Also slated to attend are MasterCard's (MA) - Get Report Ajay Banga, JetBlue's (JBLU) - Get Report Robin Hayes and HSBC's (HSBC) - Get Report Patrick Burke. Billionaire investor John Paulson, who served as an economic adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, is on the list as well. Real estate executives from companies including Vornado Realty Trust, Rudin Management and Tishman Speyer are also well represented on the list.
Before Trump's arrival, Vice President Mike Pence introduced him as "committed to being the best friend business has ever had in the White House."
Trump addressed the group and commented on a number of matters, including the regulatory process in New York real estate, the possibilities of an infrastructure bill of "maybe more" than a trillion dollars, education policy, health care and tax reform.
The president gave a salute to his daughter, who announced plans to join her father's administration last week, and all of the "killers from New York" in attendance.
White House officials said the town hall on "unleashing American business" was an opportunity for Trump, Ivanka and his administration to discuss "policies that will help create a pro-business climate with CEOs and business leaders from many different industries."
The president, who ran as a populist, nationalist, anti-Wall Street candidate, at Tuesday's event said his administration will do a "very major haircut" on crisis-era financial legislation Dodd-Frank.
"You're my friends, you're amazing people, and we're going to put you to work," he said as he closed his remarks. Tuesday's town hall was comprised of four panels on infrastructure, modernizing government services, workforce development and a pro-business climate.
Trump has met with dozens of executives since his inauguration, often bringing them into the White House in small groups to discuss matters like technology, deregulation and women in business in an effort to position himself as a champion of business in Washington and a listener.
See below a full list of attendees of today's meeting, according to Politico:
Co-Chairs: Michael L. Corbat, Chief Executive Officer, Citigroup Inc., Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder, Blackstone
Attendees: Lee S. Ainslie, III, Managing Partner, Maverick Capital; Ajay Banga, President & CEO, MasterCard; William H. Berkman, Managing Partner, Associated Partners, LP; Frank J. Bisignano, Chairman & CEO, First Data Corporation; Michael W. Blair, Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Jeff T. Blau, Chief Executive Officer, The Related Companies, L.P.; Kathy Bloomgarden, Chief Executive Officer, Ruder Finn, Inc.; Patrick J. Burke, President & CEO, HSBC Bank USA; Beth Comstock, Vice Chair, General Electric Company; Joel S. Ehrenkranz, Partner and Co-Founder, Ehrenkranz Partners L.P.; Catherine Engelbert, Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte; Thomas W. Farley, President, NYSE; John Fish, Chairman & CEO, Suffolk; Mark T. Gallogly, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Centerbridge Partners; Kenneth M. Garschina, Principal, Mason Capital Management LLC; Barry M. Gosin, Chief Executive Officer, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Gerald L. Hassell, Chairman & CEO, BNY Mellon; Robin Hayes, President & CEO, JetBlue Airways Corporation; Paul Horgan, CEO, Global Corporate, North America, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd; Jerry Jacobs, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North Companies Inc.; Brad S. Karp, Chair, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Richard A. Kennedy, President & CEO, USA Building, SKANSKA; Jeremy M. Kroll, CEO & Co-Founder, K2 Intelligence; David Levin, President & CEO, McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.; Anthony E. Mann, President & CEO, E-J Electric Installation Co.; Heidi Messer, Co-Founder & Chairman, Collective[i]; Mitchell Modell, Chief Executive Officer, Modell's Sporting Goods; Greg Mondre, Managing Partner & Managing Director, Silver Lake; Deanna M. Mulligan, President & CEO, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; John Paulson, President, Paulson & Co.; Charles E. Phillips, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Infor; James D. Robinson, III, Co-Founder & General Partner, RRE Ventures; John Romeo, Managing Partner, Americas, Oliver Wyman; Michael I. Roth, Chairman & CEO, Interpublic Group; Steven Roth, Chairman & CEO, Vornado Realty Trust; Steven Rubenstein, President, Rubenstein Communications, Inc.; William C. Rudin, Co-Vice Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.; Faiza Saeed, Presiding Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Alan D. Schwartz, Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, LLC; Jerry I. Speyer, Chairman, Tishman Speyer; Robert K. Steel, Chief Executive Officer, Perella Weinberg Partners LP; Jason Stevens, President & CEO, Mitsubishi International, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas); Steven R. Swartz, President & CEO, Hearst; Paul Taubman, Chairman & CEO, PJT Partners, LP; Daniel R. Tishman, Vice Chairman, AECOM & Principal, Tishman Realty; Jennifer Warren, Managing Director - Head, U.S. Region, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; Charles Weinstein, Chief Executive Officer, EisnerAmper LLP; Christopher J. Williams, Chairman & CEO, The Williams Capital Group, L.P.; Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City; Strauss Zelnick, Partner, ZMC
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