Silicon Valley billionaire joins Trump's transition team

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Billionaire Gawker-destroyer Peter Thiel has officially joined President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, according to a news release from the Trump team.

The PayPal founder and Facebook board member supported Trump throughout the presidential race and pledged to donate $1.25 million to his campaign in October.

The pairing makes sense: A president-elect who bucked tradition and refused to give the press access to his schedule or movements once being elected to office, and a billionaire who used his near-limitless resources to bankrupt a news website over a decade-old grudge. Trump, of course, has expressed hostility toward the media throughout his campaign, not just since winning the election on Tuesday.

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Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Portrait of Peter Thiel, a tech investor, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, fund manager and co-founder of Paypal, taken at his San Francisco office of the Founder's Fund. (Photo by Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images)
Portrait of Peter Thiel, a tech investor, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, fund manager and co-founder of Paypal, taken at his San Francisco office of the Founder's Fund. (Photo by Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Images)
SQUAWK BOX -- Pictured: Peter Thiel, American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. Thiel also co-founded PayPal with Max Levchin and Elon Musk and served as its CEO; he is pictured here in an interview on September 17, 2014 -- (Photo by: Adam Jeffery/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: Peter Thiel speaks onstage at Peter Thiel: You Are Not A Lottery Ticket during the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center on March 12, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jordan Naylor/Getty Images for SXSW)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal Inc., speaks during a forum themed on entrepreneurship and investment at China National Convention Center on February 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Peter Thiel, head of Clarium Capital Management LLC and founding investor in PayPal Inc. and Facebook Inc., listens during the LendIt USA 2016 conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Thiel discussed his outlook for the tech industry. Photographer: Noah Berger/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Partner at Founders Fund Peter Thiel participates in a panel discussion at the New York Times 2015 DealBook Conference at the Whitney Museum of American Art on November 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for New York Times)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal Inc., speaks during a forum themed on entrepreneurship and investment at China National Convention Center on February 27, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Thiel also agrees with Trump on his deportation-friendly immigration policy, opposition to free trade agreements and isolationist foreign policy. He also has previously advocated against women getting to vote, discussed plans to start small, government-free island nations and hoped to figure out how to help people live forever.

Thiel will be the main voice for Silicon Valley and the rest of the tech world on the Trump team. Thiel is an investor in Palantir, Reddit and a host of other tech companies, and still sits on Facebook's board of directors. Most of the tech world, however, has been strongly against Trump — even as some of Silicon Valley's biggest names have defended Thiel's choice of a candidate.

Joining Thiel on the Trump transition team are Trump's three adult children, son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign CEO and former Breitbart chairman Stephen Bannon and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.

Like Thiel, Bannon has also tried to reshape the American media in a way that suits his worldview. Kushner is the publisher of the New York Observer, which endorsed Trump in the Republican primary.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take over the role of transition chair from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (who put Kushner's father in jail as U.S. attorney for New Jersey 12 years ago).


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Don't be distracted by the PayPal co-founder's speech. The @GOP is very much anti-LGBTQ. #RNCinCLE https://t.co/LufE4bBcu1
:: deletes PayPal account ::
Peter Thiel, the epitome of the white gay male privileged elite who's concerns end at his own reflection and his own wallet. #NoThanks
Peter Thiel is doing an AMAZING job! #RNCinCLE https://t.co/p2vrcVDfuf
Still have goosebumps thinking of @peterthiel's speech - and the resounding ovation from the #gopconvention crowd that welcomed it #RNCinCLE
+1,100% spike for searches for @PeterThiel in past hour
I too am from Cleveland; I'm also proud to be gay; But unlike @peterthiel, I can't support someone like @mike_pence who denies my equality.
Wow @peterthiel knocked it out of park "I'm proud to be gay I'm proud to be a republican I'm proud to be an American" amazing @FoxBusiness
Was liking Peter Thiel speech til I remembrd the GOP platform is so crazy anti-gay and Pence wants to convert him..then it got really weird
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