Twitter CEO is totally fine with not having met Donald Trump, really

President Donald Trump is fairly vocal on Twitter. You could say he's a power user, and he's been one for quite some time.

But Jack Dorsey, a cofounder and CEO of Twitter, has yet to take an in-person meeting with President Trump, according to an interview published Wednesday by Steven Levy, editor of Backchannel.

"Have you personally met Trump?" Levy asked.

"No," Dorsey replied simply.

When asked how that could be so, especially given how he is not only CEO of Twitter but also CEO of payments company Square, Dorsey replied, "I don't know. You'd have to ask them why not."

Dorsey's absence at the roundtable meeting Trump held with top leaders in Silicon Valley made headlines last year. Some people on Twitter speculated it was because Twitter stopped the Trump campaign from making an anti-Hillary Clinton emoji during the election.

But that was never confirmed.

Dorsey has not been particularly vocal about his political leanings and did not throw obvious support to presidential candidates during the election season. But his ideological leanings are rather obvious — if you take a quick perusal through his Twitter likes and through who he follows. He also has a public relationship with Deray Mckesson and the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Earlier this year, Twitter employees (along with Dorsey and executive chairman Omid Kordestani) donated more than $1.5 million to the American Civil Liberties Union to help fight President Trump's immigration ban.

Does taking a meeting with President Trump even matter? It seems that Dorsey isn't too worried about it. His response to Levy on whether or not he would attend, even if invited, extolled on the exact purpose of Dorsey's company.

"We don't have to be invited to these things to show our stances and to participate. We can take action and we can make statements about what we believe, and where we think the government is doing the right thing according to our beliefs, and where we disagree. That doesn't require an invite or a roundtable to do that — that's part of the power of our platform," he said.

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Bill Rhodes — Chairman, president, and CEO of AutoZone

AutoZone's stock took a hit after Trump's election, which was perceived to be a reaction to Trump's rhetoric over trade with Mexico. The US auto industry imports $80 billion worth of cars and parts from Mexico annually.

After the meeting with the president, Rhodes said in a statement, "the president understands we support pro-growth policies that we believe will lead to greater domestic investment."

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Brian Cornell — Chairman and CEO of Target

In January, Cornell traveled to Washington, DC to meet with members of the House Ways and Means Committee.

"He told them an import tax could impact consumers' ability to buy essential goods, such as baby supplies that are made overseas and imported to the United States, according to a person familiar with the talks," Reuters reported.

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Hubert Joly — CEO of Best Buy

Reuters reported in January that Best Buy was circulating a flyer throughout Capitol Hill that cited "an analyst forecast that a 20 percent tax would wipe out the company's projected annual net income of $1 billion and turn it into a $2 billion loss" and that "foreign internet sellers like China's Alibaba.com would be able to avoid the tax by making sales online and shipping to U.S. consumers directly, 'undercutting U.S. businesses.'" 

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Art Peck — CEO of Gap Inc.

Gap Inc.'s family of brands — which includes Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic — produces its clothing and apparel overseas.

Peck has not publicly commented on the implications of a border tax but was one of the signatories of a public letter to Trump following his the November US presidential election that called for him to uphold President Barack Obama's climate change regulations.

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Stefano Pessina — CEO of Walgreens Boots Alliance

The Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid agreed to a merger late last year, but they did not get the deal approved before Trump took office. They are awaiting the merger to go through in July, pending approval by the Federal Trade Commission. 

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Marvin Ellison — Chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney

In a climate where retail stores have been severely struggling, J.C. Penney is no different, though Morgan Stanley analysts bumped up the company's stock rating from "Underweight" to "Equal Weight" on February 13. 

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Jill Soltau — President and CEO of Jo-Ann Stores

Jo-Ann Stores is America's largest fabric and crafts retailer, with about 800 locations across 49 states.

At the end of 2015, it had $2.4 billion in sales and 23,000 employees

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Greg Sandfort — President and CEO of Tractor Supply Company

In early 2016, Sandfort said Trump seemed like a "Pandora's box," the Nashville Business Journal reported and noted that he was wary of a Democratic president increasing regulation and portraying the business world in a negative light.

Tractor Supply Company is a Tennessee-based retail chain focused on home improvement products, with $6 billion in sales and locations in 49 states. 

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