Sunday, January 07, 2018
Rupert Murdoch described Donald Trump as "a --- idiot" over his contradictory views on immigration policy, a new book reveals. The remark is contained in a fly-on-the-wall account of internecine warfare in the White House written by Michael Wolff, a Murdoch biographer, a copy of which has been seen by the Guardian. Wolff describes a Trump Tower meeting on Dec. 14, 2016 -- during the presidential transition -- involving Trump and executives from Silicon Valley companies including Alphabet (parent of Google), Apple, Facebook and Microsoft. Among the issues at stake was a potential crackdown by the incoming president on H-1B visas, the main visa used to hire foreign talent to tech companies.
Trump is quoted as saying the companies "really need these H-1B visas".
Wolff writes that Murdoch suggested a more liberal stance on H-1B visas would sit oddly with Trump's hardline stance on immigration, to which the president-elect replied: "We'll figure it out."
Wolff writes that Murdoch shrugged as he got off the phone, and said: "What a --- idiot."
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