Trump to tech titans: Call me anytime, there's 'no formal chain of command around here'


President-elect Donald Trump boasted Wednesday that there was no formal hierarchy inside his transition team.

The comments came while the president-elect was speaking to executives from the nation's top tech companies. Trump urged any of the leaders to call him or his advisers at any time.

"We have no formal chain of command around here," Trump explained.

The remarks were almost certain to raise the eyebrows of observers who might be surprised at the level of order instituted as Trump prepares to assume the presidency in January.

Prior to winning the election, chaos and disarray often best characterized Trump's inner circle. Trump, for instance, went through a number of campaign chiefs during his successful run for the White House.

The Wednesday tech meeting hosted by Trump was attended by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt and CEO Larry Page, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, and others.

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Businessman Bill Gates arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Tech CEO's meet with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on December 14, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Businessman Bill Gates exits through the lobby at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Economist Klaus Schwab enters the lobby at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Businessman Steve Bannon exits Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks as (2nd L to R) PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member Peter Thiel, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook and Oracle CEO Safra Catz look on during a meeting with technology leaders at Trump Tower in New York U.S., December 14, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Bill Gates(2ndR) arrives for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: (L to R) Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, Larry Page, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. (parent company of Google), Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, Vice President-elect Mike Pence listen as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a meeting of technology executives at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. This is the first major meeting between President-elect Trump and technology industry leaders. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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