Technology CEOs urged to join Trump initiative
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 15:46
Last month, the President formed the American Technology Council, which is spearheaded by Kushner. He thanked the tech luminaries for coming, said he wants to use technology to transform government and appreciates their outsider perspective. That's in large part due to tech workers' anger toward a president who has attacked United States immigrants (often their colleagues), vowed to gut visa programs such as the H1-B (which are frequently used to employ foreign engineering talent in the US), reneged on USA promises in the Paris Agreement to slow climate change (a priority issue to many in California), among other things.
One of the first goals of the council was to gather industry leaders in the White House to learn from the experiences of the private sector to improve the Federal government's IT enterprise. The administration hopes to save up to $1 trillion over the next 10 years through improving IT systems and making them more efficient.
Chadwell noted Trump's immigration policies have been bad for business for a number of tech companies. "More recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk quit his role as a White House business adviser after Trump abandoned the Paris climate accord", Overly continues.
Technology CEOS are expected at the White House Monday for an event focused on modernizing government.
Jared Kushner, the senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, is set to arrive in the Middle East this week for peace talks, a White House official said. The Trump administration, said Kushner, is looking to make sure government services are taking advantage of new technology, providing value to taxpayers that will extend beyond the administration's time in office.
"The U.S. should have the most modern government in the world", Mr. Cook told the president during the start of a meeting reporters were allowed to observe. Palantir CEO Alex Karp said he had offered his support in private sessions, earlier in the day, about ways to tap big data in order to spot fraudulent federal spending.
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 US 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.
"Some liked the decision, some didn't like the decision, but they see a bigger relationship and they've been very happy with the level of dialogue that comes out of this White House, and with the president", the official said. Kushner directs the Office of American Innovation.
"I think there's general belief [among those in the meeting] that this can be resolved in an effective way", said VMware CEO Patrick Gelsinger, who was among the CEOs in attendance. But that explanation isn't entirely satisfying-many of the companies that would also benefit from Trump's tax plans, including Alphabet, Microsoft, and Apple, have been much colder to the White House.