The Margin: Tim Cook, Rupert Murdoch on guest list for Trump’s first state dinner

Sorry, you weren’t invited to President Donald Trump’s first state dinner. But Tim Cook, Rupert Murdoch and Henry Kissinger were.

Tuesday night’s White House dinner, in honor of visiting French President Emmanuel Macron, was smaller and not nearly as star-studded as some of the state dinners held by the Obamas, but still included a number of prominent guests.

The guest list, which was whittled down to 120 people, included Cook, the chief executive of Apple Inc. AAPL, -1.39%   and his guest, Apple executive Lisa Jackson, who served as former President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency chief; Murdoch, owner of 21st Century Fox FOX, -1.42%   and MarketWatch’s parent, News Corp. NWSA, -1.73%  , and his wife, Jerry Hall; Kissinger, the former secretary of state; House Speaker Paul Ryan; Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife, Louise Linton; and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

While Trump broke with tradition by snubbing media members and Democrats from Congress, one Democratic elected official did make the cut: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, likely because of his state’s French heritage.

The guest list also included a pair of Winter Olympic gold medalists — curler John Shuster and hockey player Meghan Duggan — noted French chef Guy Savoy, LVMH MC, +0.25%   chief executive Bernard Arnault, as well as White House regulars such as Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jarred Kushner; senior adviser Stephen Miller; White House chief of staff John Kelly; and new national security adviser John Bolton.

The menu included rack of spring lamb, burnt cipollini soubise and Carolina gold rice jambalaya.

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