Breakingviews: Silicon Valley better cozy up to team Trump fast

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Silicon Valley could use a stronger Washington firewall. The tech industry mostly fared well under President Barack Obama. But the relationship with President-elect Donald Trump, who criticized Apple, and IBM while campaigning, is almost non-existent.

Obama has long been a fan of Silicon Valley. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes helped him build the digital platform he deployed in his first presidential bid. Later, he hired Megan Smith, a rising star at Google, as the U.S. government's first ever chief technology officer. Several administration officials went on to work for the industry, like former Obama adviser David Plouffe, who landed at Uber.