Trump to meet with tech execs on drones, universal broadband

Pauline Gross
June 22, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said technology executives came to "help us make a more efficient, effective government".

Kushner corralled quite a list of attendees, including Apple's Tim Cook, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos, and Alphabet's Eric Schmidt.

As President Donald Trump's top adviser and leader of the White House Office of American Innovation, Kushner welcomed Silicon Valley CEOs to the administration's "technology week".

The four-hour meeting included Vice President Mike Pence and Kushner's wife, Ivanka Trump. "We're going to be working on it and we're going to solve the problem-and up to a trillion dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next 10 years".

Kushner highlighted the efforts of the department of Veterans Affairs to move the agency to electronic health records, by adopting a commercial system that's used by the Pentagon.

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Kushner, who has been tasked with reforming government technology, said the administration wanted to "unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before". "America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect, and we are going to start our big edge again in technology".

"We have approximately $3.5 trillion of market value in this room - but that's nearly the exact number that we've created since my election", he said to laughter from the attendees, which shows what sort of brown-nosing is going on at this event. He also said people in tech and their co-workers were nervous about their status, and added that it "would be great" if the president could "send them a signal".

Some of the tech companies in attendance were major critics of the president's travel ban limiting visitors from some Muslim-majority countries.

Although the White House invited Facebook to attend the council's meeting, the company did not send a representative. Many business executives are eager to work with the new administration as they face numerous regulatory and other policy issues.

The CEOs of companies including, Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are in Washington D.C. today for the second White House Technology Summit.

They discussed modernizing the government's technological infrastructure, cutting fraud and government costs and improving services for taxpayers.

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