Trump to meet 'frequently' with Blackstone's Schwarzman, other business titans to discuss policy

Stephen 'Steve' Schwarzman, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Blackstone Group LP.
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Donald Trump said Friday that he will "frequently" meet with business titans to hear their views on economic policy starting in February.

Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman will chair Trump's strategic and policy forum, which will feature the heads of some of the largest financial, industrial and media companies in the United States. Schwarzman told CNBC that he selected the business leaders for the forum and that the president-elect "loved them all."

"There was no issue of partisanship. He said 'I don't care about that. I don't care about anything but talent and wisdom and judgment,'" Schwarzman said on "Closing Bell."

A statement announcing the forum said they "will be called upon to meet with the president frequently" on "how government policy impacts economic growth, job creation and productivity."

Presidents commonly gather stakeholders to discuss key policy areas. But it remains to be seen just how frequently Trump will hold meetings with the forum.

Here's a full list of members:

  • Schwarzman
  • JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon
  • Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger
  • BlackRock CEO Larry Fink
  • Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon
  • IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
  • Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch
  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra
  • Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners, a regulatory compliance consulting firm
  • Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove
  • Boston Consulting Group CEO Rich Lesser
  • Former Boeing CEO Jim McNerney
  • Global Infrastructure Partners Chairman Adebayo Ogunlesi
  • Ernst & Young CEO Mark Weinberger
  • Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS Markit
  • Kevin Warsh, former Federal Reserve governor

Trump on Friday said his administration is "committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating and expanding right here in America."

On the campaign trail, Trump pledged to trim regulations, slash corporate taxes and promote a more business-friendly environment. So far, Wall Street has cheered the business-friendly direction of his Cabinet appointments.

Trump's Treasury and Commerce secretary choices, Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, respectively, have signaled their support for corporate tax reform and a reduction in regulations, including through cutting some provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act. Trump has said he wants to cut U.S. corporate taxes to 15 percent from the current 35 percent.