Technology CEOs urged to join Trump initiative

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 20, 2017

He thanked the tech luminaries for coming, said he wants to use technology to transform government and appreciates their outsider perspective.

"We don't often talk about how investing in technology infrastructure benefits individual American citizens working their way through school or building new skills to change careers, but it's top of mind for us as we share our expertise with the council, as we do with our many public sector customers across the country", Gelsinger said.

Vice President Mike Pence is also expected to stop by, and the group will meet with Trump late in the afternoon to provide an overview of the discussions, according to one senior White House official.

The White House event comes at a precarious moment in the relationship between the Trump administration and tech executives. Senior administration officials said there will be a particular focus on modernizing government IT systems.

Silicon Valley has never exactly been a hotbed of Trump support.

After Trump chose to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, many tech leaders took the decision to withdraw them from the White House's various advisory councils.

The White House plans to continue its "tech week" with various other meetings with leading tech companies.

The White House on Monday urged technology CEOs to pitch in on President Donald Trump's effort to modernize government. It's the first meeting of the American Technology Council, which was created by an executive order Trump signed last month. Intel unveiled plans at the Oval Office in February to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory, a move Trump portrayed as a win for USA workers.

Trump's efforts to reach out to Silicon Valley follow the example of former President Barack Obama, who met regularly with technology executives and launched the U.S. Digital Service in an effort to recruit private-sector talent and modernize government.

According to Axios, Cook will personally use the meetings to address a number of key issues with the Trump administration - most chiefly among them being the implications of the USA visa program for bringing highly-skilled foreign workers into the country, as well as addressing four key points of disagreement between the administration and the tech industry. The federal government is a large customer for some of the companies and a potential regulator for all. Elsewhere, Kushner spoke more generally of his team's goals. Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, was one of the White House officials in attendance.

White House officials believe the administration could save $1 trillion over the ten year by implementing substantial cost cutting on IT, improving IT, and taking advantage on the government's buying power and reducing fraud across the government.

For most large tech companies, it's hard if not impossible to sever ties with the White House completely.

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