Trump taps tech titans to tackle government waste

Apple CEO Tim Cook will likely address issues like immigration and encryption Monday during his White House meeting for "Technology Week", Axios reported.

The White House Office of American Innovation, led by led by top Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the American Technology Council will convene a group of top technology CEOs for an elite-level brainstorming session on Monday afternoon.

They will be meeting with the heads of some federal agencies looking for input on how to use technology to improve their work.

Vice President Mike Pence is expected to join in some of the working sessions, and President Donald Trump will meet with the group once the sessions have finished, in order to hear some of their ideas.

President Trump will meet today with the CEOs of nearly 20 tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Adobe, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Qualcom.

The CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google's parent company Alphabet are joining more than a dozen other tech leaders for the first meeting of the American Technology Council on Monday. "Tech giants also know a powerful White House contingent has concerns about Silicon Valley's increasing wealth and control over consumers' data, so they need to maintain a dialogue".

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But, they report, "White House officials say they have received an enthusiastic response from executives who see the overall effort to improve government efficiency as an apolitical goal". Intel unveiled plans at the Oval Office in February to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory, a move that Trump portrayed as a win for USA workers. "It's working and it's very exciting".

The tech CEOs are also expected to discuss the Unites States' visa program for high-skilled foreign workers.

The council also seeks to boost the cyber security of USA government IT systems and wants to learn from private-sector practices.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who once served as an economic advisor to the president, has already announced that he would step down following Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration was focusing on technology this week.

  • Adam Floyd