Intel CEO: I dropped Trump meeting when it 'turned into a fundraiser'

Intel CEO: I dropped Trump meeting when it 'turned into a fundraiser'

Intel’s CEO says he canceled a planned meeting with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE because it “turned into a fundraiser," according to Bloomberg.

“It turned into a fundraiser, which is when we backed out,” Brian Krzanich said Tuesday at a conference in Colorado. “It was supposed to be a conversation about issues.”


Trump’s campaign previously said the event was canceled because of scheduling issues.

Krzanich made waves earlier this year when news of the fundraiser broke in the media. Very few major Silicon Valley figures have backed Trump — with venture capitalist Peter Thiel a notable exception.

“I do not intend to endorse any Presidential candidate,” Krzanich tweeted at the time. “We are interested in engaging both campaigns in open dialogue on issues in technology.”

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee is seen as being unfriendly to the technology industry. He called for a boycott of Apple products during the company’s standoff with the FBI over encryption and has frequently attacked Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos. He has also taken a hardline position on immigration that has alienated many backers of immigration reform in tech.

A majority of tech workers who have donated to presidential candidates this cycle have given to Democrats, according to an analysis by The Hill, but even some of the Valley's Republican donors have said they won't back Trump.