Although Donald Trumpspresidential campaign never netted much support from tech companies, at least one company is now congratulating him on his election victory.
Every president-elect deserves our congratulations, best wishes and support for the country as a whole. The peaceful transition of power has been an enduring and vital part of our democracy for over two centuries, and it remains so today,Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smithwrote in a blog post.
Smith saidthat Trumps victory was driven by economic disparity, noting that job growth has not grown evenly for those who have college degrees and those who do not. Trumps supporters felt left out and left behind, he added, noting that Microsoft will work to create new jobs to address the gap.
However, Smiths post alsooffers a quiet repudiation of Trumps anti-immigration and anti-encryption stances.
As we think societally about these new opportunities to address those who have been left behind, its critically important that we appreciate the continuing national strengths that serve the country so well, Smith wrote, noting that diversity has a place in strengthening the economy and encouraging job growth. Were committed to promoting not just diversity among all the men and women who work here, but the type of inclusive culture that will enable people to do their best work and pursue rewarding careers.
His comments on diversity were echoed at eBay, where CEODevin Wenig issued a memo to employees reminding them of founder Pierre Omidyars immigrant background. As I travel to our offices around the world, I have the privilege to interact with people of countless nationalities and backgrounds. This diversity is one of the most valuable assets we have as we drive our business forward, Wenig wrote.
Smith also subtly went to bat for consumer privacy and access to encryption (Trump has called for tech companies, most notably Apple, to provide backdoor access to the government).
People will not use technology they do not trust. Were committed to developing technology that is secure and trusted, both for Americans and for people around the world, he wrote, referencing Microsofts recent legal victories against the Justice Department on these issues. As weve won the cases weve brought, weve been reminded of one of this countrys greatest strengths, its strong Constitution, independent judiciary, and the overarching rule of law.