Taipei--Terry Gou (???), chairman of Hon Hai (Foxconn), reportedly met with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Washington on Thursday but Gou, who was seen walking out of the White House, would not confirm that the meeting had taken place.
In a Twitter Post, Washington Post reporter David Nakamura said: "Taiwanese tech billionaire Terry Gou who promised Trump...he'd invest billions in US visited the WH (White House) today."
The White House press office has not responded to CNA's questions about the meeting.
When asked by reporters whether he had just met the U.S. president, Gou said in English: "My memory is not good; maybe I already forgot."
A Japanese media outlet reported earlier that Gou was going to have a meeting with Trump in Washington.
The Nikkei Asian Review quoted an unidentified source as saying that Gou's friend Masayoshi Son, chief of Japan's SoftBank Group, helped set up the meeting. Son met with Trump in New York before the president's inauguration on Jan. 20, the magazine said.
The source was quoted as saying Gou met with Trump's son-in-law and trusted adviser Jared Kushner in Washington in late February.
The Nikkei Asian Review said the topics of the meeting at the White House could include Trump's campaign promise to bring jobs back to the United States and Gou's bid to acquire Toshiba's semiconductor business.
The magazine quoted a source as saying that, as a company which employs up to a million workers in China, Foxconn's US$27-billion bid is unlikely to succeed, presumably because of concerns that China's industry could benefit from the acqusition.
As part of its diverse operations, Foxconn has assembled iPhones and iPads for Apple, Inc.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel