In case you missed it: President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is convening a tech summit at Trump Tower next week, and top execs from Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and more are attending.
As one person familiar with the summit plans told my boss, Recode’s Kara Swisher, “Look, this is obviously a circus.” So, let’s do some social media-searching acrobatics and see what Trump has said about these companies.
Apple, CEO Tim Cook
I cannot believe that Apple didn't come out with a larger screen IPhone. Samsung is stealing their business. STEVE JOBS IS SPINNING IN GRAVE— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 19, 2013
Fun fact: Jobs was a vocal opponent of larger phones. Later in 2013, Trump tweeted about iPhone screen sizes five more times (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), eventually claiming that he “sold [his] Apple stock” in protest. Two years later, he got his wish, with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
During the standoff between Apple and the FBI earlier this year over the locked iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, he encouraged an all-out Apple boycott:
I use both iPhone & Samsung. If Apple doesn't give info to authorities on the terrorists I'll only be using Samsung until they give info.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2016
Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2016
Alphabet, CEO Larry Page
Despite supposedly dumping iOS for Android, Trump has had relatively little to say about Google or its parent company Alphabet. After the botched launch of Healthcare.gov in 2013, he tweeted:
Why doesn't President Obama just get the people from Google to fix the failed website. In fact, why didn't he use them in the first place!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2013
Ignoring manual retweets of people telling him to Google things, Trump most recently mentioned Google after FBI director James Comey resurfaced Hillary Clinton’s email server, shortly before the election:
Wow, Twitter, Google and Facebook are burying the FBI criminal investigation of Clinton. Very dishonest media!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2016
(Side note: Per Kara’s story yesterday, it’s not totally clear if Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was invited to the summit and, if he was, if he is attending).
Facebook, COO Sheryl Sandberg
Back in 2013, Trump was critical of the Facebook exec for having an ego. Um, sure thing, Donald:
Just watched Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on 60 Minutes. She should spend more time trying to get the F stock price up & less on her ego!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2013
A year before that, he also had marital advice for her colleague, CEO Mark Zuckerberg:
Seems hard to believe that @Facebook could be worth that much--be careful if you invest. And Mark Zuckerberg--get a pre-nup.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2012
Apart from the tweet above alleging that tech platforms were “burying” Clinton’s emails, Trump mainly tweeted about how he would use Facebook to defeat his rivals. In May 2015, a month before announcing that he would run for president, Trump happily tweeted and Instagrammed from the company’s New York office:
Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos
Bezos is likely attending the summit, sources told Swisher, and she predicted things “would be awkward” given Bezos’s comments about Trump and the fact he owns the Washington Post. The first thing Trump ever tweeted about Bezos, though, was an inspirational quote:
"If you never want to be criticized, for goodness' sake don't do anything new." -- Jeff Bezos— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2014
Apparently, the president-elect didn’t like the new things Bezos did with the Post, which was largely critical in its reporting on his campaign:
Fact check: Bezos, not Amazon, is the Post’s majority owner. And Post Executive Editor Marty Baron has said that Bezos has no influence on the paper’s editorial content, although the Amazon CEO said before the election that Trump was “eroding our democracy.” Have a good meeting, fellas!
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.