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Intel CEO Takes Heat for Donald Trump Event, Now Canceled

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Robert Rock

Intel Corp. INTC 0.32 % Chief Executive Brian Krzanich, who has pushed the semiconductor maker to hire more women and minorities, became a surprise target of Donald Trump s opponents for planning to host a fundraiser for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Even a suggestion of financial support for Mr. Trump is likely to touch off criticism in Silicon Valley, where many tech executives and workers hold liberal views on social matters and support open immigration policies.

Mr. Trump has proposed policies that many in the tech industry oppose, such as temporarily banning Muslims from entering the U.S., and he has attracted opposition from women s groups for his views on abortion and other issues.

Any ties to Mr. Trump could present public-relations problems for Intel and for Mr. Krzanich, in view of his highly publicized efforts to make Intel s workforce more diverse by hiring more women and minorities.

Another writer made a pointed reference to Andy Grove, the late Intel chief executive and Holocaust survivor: Given that Intel has rich history of diversity initiatives & Mr. Grove Hungarian-born, your stance all the more disappointing.

Like many Silicon Valley companies, Intel prefers to let trade associations speak for the company on many legislative topics.

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