Tech Titan CEOs Strategize at the White House

Why top tech CEOs are still meeting with Trump
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24 June, 2017

Mr Trump said: "We have approximately $3.5tn of market value in this room - but that's nearly the exact number that we've created since my election".

The Department of Defense still uses floppy disks. Kushner met with a team of tech executives, including Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos, as part of the newly created American Technology Council.

Donald Trump has gathered the most prominent American technology executives to the White House and asked them to reform IT across the federal government.

"Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before", Kushner said. Several of the executives attending today's event also attended a similar meeting Trump held in December in advance of his inauguration.

"Americans deserve better digital services from their government", read the order.

The White House believes there is an "economic opportunity" to save up to $1 trillion over 10 years by significantly cutting government information technology costs, reducing government costs through improved IT, leveraging government buying power and cutting fraud across government agencies.

America's tech leaders spoke to President Donald Trump of the need to upskill U.S. citizens to meet a growing demand for digital skills yesterday.

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That changed yesterday, when Kushner spoke to the first meeting of the newly created American Technology Council, part of Trump's Office American Innovation, which is meant to nudge government into operating more like the business world. It took a few moments for Kushner to get the attention of the dozens of suited executives gathered in an ornate room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The council, which includes the CEOs of some of the country's biggest tech businesses, is slated to discuss with the president ways to modernize the federal government's technology infrastructure while also improving the way it handles cybersecurity issues.

Some technology executives have clashed with Trump over his decision to exit the Paris climate accord.

Jared Kushner, head of the White House Office of American Innovation, delivered remarks to the press during the summit.

The meeting was also notable for who didn't attend. "We're going to be working on it, and we're going to solve the problem".

The senior aide is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday for meetings in Jerusalem al-Quds and Ramallah, a White House official said Tuesday.

A dour-looking Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, was able to chat about immigration with Trump during the meeting, The New York Times' Maggie Haberman reported on Tuesday.


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