POMPEO MEETS BIG TECH
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will attend a dinner with top tech leaders Monday night in San Francisco, in a meeting that is reportedly part of the Trump administration’s efforts to raise support for the administration amid tensions with Iran.
Bloomberg reported that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is expected to be among the guests at Monday’s dinner, though much of the 15-person guest list remains unknown. Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor, and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen are also both reportedly expected to attend.
It was unclear what specific goals the Trump administration has involving the tech industry and Iran, but tensions between Washington and Tehran have been at an all-time high for days following the U.S. killing of Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Quds forces and an influential top official.
The killing was followed by an Iranian missile barrage targeting two bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, which resulted in no casualties and minimal damage, according to officials.