Trump to Work With Alibaba Founder for US Jobs

January 9, 2017 1:45 pm Last Updated: January 9, 2017 1:45 pm

Donald Trump says he’s planning to work with the founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba to help boost small businesses.

The president-elect met Monday with Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group. The company claims it can create 1 million U.S. jobs by helping small businesses sell their products to China and Asian consumers.

Trump tells reporters during a brief appearance in the Trump Tower lobby the pair had “a great meeting” and called Ma a “great, great entrepreneur.”

He says, “Jack and I are going to do some great things.” Trump often railed against Chinese trade practice during his campaign.

Ma says the pair discussed strengthening the countries’ relationship. He says Trump “has the concerns and he has the solutions and he wants to discuss with China and us that how we can do better.”