Silicon Valley's Secret, and Not-So-Secret Trump Supporters

Robyn Valdez
June 24, 2017

Executives from some of the world's biggest tech companies ventured to the White House Monday to take part in the first meeting of the American Technology Council, an advisory group that is supposed to help the Trump administration in its quest to modernize government.

"At the end of the day, I'm not a person who's going to walk away and say, 'If you don't do what I want, I leave, '" Cook said in one recent interview about working with the Trump administration. He said that the 10 oldest systems are between 39 and 56 years old, adding that the Pentagon uses floppy disks in some cases.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in an American Technology Council roundtable, accompanied by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (L) and Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft Corporation.

President Trump called for a "sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology" at the meeting, which consisted of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Palantir CEO Alex Karp, and many more.

"We have challenged ourselves to pursue change, empower interagency teams", Kushner said.

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Trump created the council in May with an executive order.

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.

The administration will continue its "Technology Week" push, led by the White House Office of American Innovation under the direction of Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a senior adviser in the White House.

The visits to Jerusalem and Ramallah by Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, and national security aide Jason Greenblatt were widely reported on Sunday night, all citing unnamed White House officials.

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.

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It is the first time many Americans have heard Kushner's voice.

During the course of the meeting, Trump maintained that the US Federal government was woefully behind the private sector in terms of technology, and that it needed to catch up.

In a document outlining the working-group sessions, the White House said the federal government should require "making it easy for agencies to use the cloud".

The meeting also could be notable for who didn't attend.

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.

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