When it came to the technology industry, Donald Trump was just another presidential candidate, a man with no experience in the business world.
But after he was elected to the presidency, he was able to tap into the tech sector to help launch his campaign.
The president-elect’s campaign is using his experience in tech to make the case for his candidacy, which he’s calling the “Make America Great Again” agenda.
On Wednesday, he took the stage at a Trump Tower event to talk about how to create jobs, build an infrastructure and help American businesses thrive in a time of economic crisis.
Trump told attendees at the event that he wanted to be a leader in the technology sector.
“I love technology,” he said.
“It’s such a great thing.”
“I’ve been involved with it from the very beginning, because we need it to do great things,” he added.
“We need it.
It’s a huge thing for this country.
You know, a lot of jobs are being lost, but I’m saying that because I’m a great businessman.”
Trump spoke for more than an hour.
During the speech, he said he wanted the tech community to understand the economic impact of his presidency, and how it can be used to help companies grow.
Trump pointed to the $10 trillion in trade deficits he said were created by a weak economy.
“The tech sector alone is worth about $50 trillion,” he told the audience.
“If you want to build a factory in Silicon Valley, you need $50 billion dollars of investment.”
“You need $30 billion dollars to build an electric car,” he continued.
“You can’t build a great car without $30, $40 billion dollars.”
The president added that he was interested in technology to help solve problems like the Zika virus and climate change.
Trump’s tech agenda has been under scrutiny, however.
He’s not the first to have made the case that technology can help solve the country’s problems.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign has criticized his “Make American Great Again, Tech, Jobs, Infrastructure” platform.
Cruz’s team has also criticized Trump’s proposed tax plan that includes a $1 trillion increase for the tech economy, calling it a “porky, regressive and irresponsible” plan.
“For more than 30 years, the tech and innovation economy has driven our economy and created countless good-paying jobs,” Trump’s campaign said in a statement Wednesday.
“But the president-in-waiting, who has spent most of his career in private equity and in finance, is using the same old failed policy of tax cuts and regulatory capture to continue this failed policy.
His administration’s reckless economic policies will lead to even more bad economic news for the American people.”
But Trump’s plan has been praised by some business groups and the tech companies themselves.
The Chamber of Commerce praised Trump’s “Make Americans Great Again,” saying it’s the best tech agenda in the history of the tech world.
The chamber’s president and CEO, Kevin McDonough, said the administration’s plan “sets a clear path for American companies to thrive, while giving a massive tax break to Wall Street and the wealthy.”
He added that it “represents a new era of entrepreneurship, a future where America will be a global leader in a number of important areas.”
The Chamber also noted that the plan was supported by the president’s own tech advisory board, which included tech leaders like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt and Larry Page.
“This plan will create jobs and increase our economy, and the Chamber will work with Congress to ensure that all of our tax dollars are spent wisely, including on our tech industry,” the chamber said.
Tech companies have applauded the administration, though, saying the tech agenda is a “job creator” plan that will boost their business and economic growth.
In a statement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the tech tax plan is “the right thing to do for American workers, and for our companies to compete globally.
We are thrilled to see President Trump push this agenda forward, and look forward to working with Congress in the months ahead.”
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he believes the tech strategy will create “good-paying and job-creating jobs in the U.S. for years to come.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook added that “the tech agenda will spur job growth and create millions of jobs across America.”
In a blog post, Google CEO Tim Berners-Lee said that it is “incredibly important to keep our tax code simple and clear for businesses and the rest of us.”
He also called on Republicans to support the tech plan.
He said that Google and other tech companies will continue to invest billions of dollars in technology, creating new jobs and supporting the American economy.
The tech sector is booming and has added thousands of new jobs in recent years, including more than 8,000 new tech jobs during the past year alone.
Trump has said that he wants to create