Silicon Vally billionaire Peter Thiel, a key supporter of the president’s campaign, was also present for the meeting, “Your administration is doing very well”, he said, thanking the president for the set of meetings at the White House. Spicer added that it was “pretty telling”, despite differences numerous CEOs have with Trump, that the administration was able to bring them together “to further the president’s agenda and to bring ideas to the table”.
The CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Google’s parent company Alphabet joined more than a dozen other tech leaders for the first meeting of the American Technology Council on Monday.
Today presidential advisor Jared Kushner said that with the government still using floppy disks and checking for Y2K compliance, the private sector’s creativity will help move the Trump administration past the turn of the century.
Vice President Mike Pence and senior advisers to the president Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Gary Cohn, Dina Powell, and Stephen Miller were also present.
The CEOs of companies including, Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are in Washington D.C. today for the second White House Technology Summit. The main agenda, at least on paper: talk through ways to modernize the government’s technology infrastructure.
The executives in attendance then broke up into smaller groups, some focused on areas like big data and others on workforce development, as the White House explores new ways to convince tech employees to serve tours of duty in the US government. The White House Office of American Innovation is hosting a series of working sessions to generate ideas to transform and modernize Government Services. “It’s working, and it’s very exciting”.
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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. Based on the internet’s reaction, it was the first time many people heard his voice – and they were more than happy to pile on the memes.
It comes after some technology executives clashed with Trump over his decision to exit the Paris climate accord.
In recent days, however, White House officials have sought to downplay any tension between the Trump administration and the tech giants. And some of the government’s most egregious tech troubles have great consequences: At the Department of Veterans Affairs, for example, it remains too hard for former servicemen and women to obtain their electronic health records, Kushner said.
“Immigration visas are certainly going to be a big topic of discussion”, said Tracy Chadwell with the venture capital firm, 1843 Capital.