From NY Post: President-elect Donald Trump made an appearance with Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, Monday — and expressed unreserved confidence in his own Cabinet picks.
“Jack and I are going to do great things — small business,” Trump said, towering over Ma in the lobby of Trump Tower. Trump praised the Chinese businessman, saying, “He loves this country and he loves China.”
“I do, China, and I love America,” Ma said, in total agreement.
Asked about a variety of topics — like the intelligence briefing on Russia hacking he received Friday — Trump demurred. “We’ll talk to you about that at another time,” the president-elect said, referring to a planned press conference Wednesday.
“We had a great meeting. It’s jobs,” Trump said, turning the conversation back to his meeting with Ma, who built Alibaba into a forceful Web sales platform. “Jack and I are going to do some great things.”
Ma told reporters that the two discussed allowing US products such as “garments, wine and fruit” to be sold on the Alibaba platform. CNBC reported that Alibaba wants to create 1 million jobs in the US over the next five years. The company had 36,446 full time employees as of March 32, according to SEC filings.
Ma also said that the discussion included talk on the need for China and US to improve their relationship.
Asked about his pending Cabinet picks — some of which will sit for public confirmation hearings later this week on Capitol Hill — Trump was bullish. “Confirmation is going great. I think they’ll all pass,” said the president-elect, praising in particular his selection for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).