Gov. Scott calls Zuckerberg, Musk not attending Trump event a 'missed opportunity'
9:40 AM, Jun 20, 2017
2:02 PM, Jun 20, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. - (CNN) - More than a dozen leaders from America's top tech companies met Monday with President Trump to discuss modernizing the government.
Notably absent were Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg.
Musk purposely snubbed the meeting after a public disagreement with Trump about withdrawing from the Paris climate accord.
A Facebook spokesperson said Zuckerberg had a scheduling conflict.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott told CNN's Erin Burnett he thinks skipping the meeting with Trump was a mistake.
"I think it's a missed opportunity. I think it's important to sit down with the president and tell him what you think. If you care about the direction of this country, if you have the opportunity to go to the White House and sit down with the President of the United States, whether it's a Republican or Democrat, show up. Show up and tell him what you believe. Look, no one is going to agree with everything you do, none of us do. But I would be there, I would show up and I would talk about what I care about," said Scott.
The leaders in attendance did bring up issues important to them. In addition to the bipartisan effort to help the federal government modernize its technology infrastructure.
During his visit to Miami on Friday, Trump said Scott is doing a great job and he hopes the Florida governo runs for the Senate in 2018.