But it seems to have played his cards right and rallied them in with the appointment of Elaine Chao as Department of Transportation who has been heavily involved in self-driven cars, a project being heavily invested on by both Uber and Google.
"America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields," said Trump in a statement.
Trump's original 16 person shortlist had only IBM CEO Ginni Rometty as a tech related mastermind. All that has changed with even Pepsi Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has joined that team.
Trump will meet his tech leaders in Trump Towers as he attempts to push for a more tech-oriented economy popularly referred to as "new collar" jobs.
Among those attending include Musk, Rometty, Alphabet CEO Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg," quotes Brett Molina from USA Today. "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, and Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins."
If Trump does convince these tech giants to join his teams, he will have one of the most intelligent and innovative groups of people. The only concern is that these business CEOs do not advise Trump on moves that only benefit their companies, presenting another ethical battle for Trump to think about.