New York: US President Donald Trump hosted top corporate leaders including PepsiCo's outgoing CEO Indra Nooyi and MasterCard's chief executive Ajay Banga for a dinner at his private golf in New Jersey.
President Trump wanted to hear their perspective on the state of United States' economy. In a statement, the White House had said that the dinner is an "opportunity for the President to hear how the economy is doing from their perspective and what their priorities and thoughts are for the year ahead."
Nooyi was accompanied by her husband Raj Nooyi, while Banga by his wife Ritu Banga, according to an updated list of attendees provided by the White House.
Among the 15 prominent business leaders who attended the dinner on Tuesday were Fiat Chrysler CEO Michael Manley, FedEx president and CEO Fredrick Smith and Boeing's chief executive officer Dennis Muilenburg.
Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were also in attendance.
President Trump referred to Nooyi as one of the "most powerful" women in the world, according to a White House pool report.
"You talk about business, this is the group. And we're so honoured to have you. And we're gonna be discussing later on some of the ideas you may have to, as the expression goes, make America great again," said Trump while addressing the dinner.
He further said that the group had been "big beneficiaries" of his policies and "you've helped in many cases."
President Trump also predicted that the economic growth next quarter "could be in the fives".
"I think we're gonna be very shortly in the fives," he said, and stated that the GDP "can go much higher once we get new trade deals."