President Donald Trump will meet Tuesday with leaders from more than a dozen major companies, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' new CEO Mike Manley and PepsiCo Inc.'s departing chief Indra Nooyi, as he shapes his economic message heading into midterm elections.
The executives are traveling to Trump's golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., where he's in the middle of what the White House calls a working vacation. The president will be joined by aides including his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner; Larry Kudlow, his top economic adviser; and deputy chief of staff for policy coordination Chris Liddell.
According to a list obtained by Bloomberg News, Trump's guests also include:
Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, Continental Resources Inc. CEO Harold Hamm, FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith, Boeing Co. CEO Dennis Muilenburg, Honeywell International Inc. CEO Darius Adamczyk, Boston Beer Co. Inc. Chairman Jim Koch, Ernst & Young CEO Mark Weinberger, Mastercard Inc. CEO Ajay Banga, International Paper Co. CEO and Mark Sutton Red Apple Group CEO John Catsimatidis.
Richard LeFrak, a real estate tycoon who is an informal adviser to Trump, will also participate.
Trump enjoys business leaders' support for the tax law he signed last year and a deregulation agenda -- policies his administration contends are fueling economic growth and low unemployment. But some CEOs have criticized his immigration policies and, especially, his trade war with China and U.S. allies.
His administration recently asked corporations to sign pledges to help train or retrain American workers for 21st century jobs.
"This is an opportunity for the president to hear from a number of business leaders from a variety of sizes and types of companies on how the economy is doing from their perspective and what their priorities and thoughts are for the year ahead," said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters. "These people are managing the American workforce."
While in New Jersey, Trump has traveled to a political rally and dined with supporters to raise money and support for Republican candidates who are running in November. He signed off on the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran, and has spoken by phone and in person with lawmakers and advisers.
He has been active on Twitter, continuing to attack Democrats on immigration and criticizing California's leaders for water policies he says are contributing to wildfires in the state.