Apple CEO Tim Cook talked to Trump about immigration

Pauline Gross
June 27, 2017

Trump on Monday cited estimates that the government could save up to $1 trillion over 10 years through such measures.

Within the order, which builds on plans laid out by the Obama administration, Trump announced the creation of the council, whose mission is to "coordinate the vision strategy and direction for the federal government's use of information technology and the delivery of services through information technology".

"Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution", said Trump.

Uber's Travis Kalanick and Tesla's Elon Musk have already left a presidential advisory council over President Donald Trump's goal to gut the H-1B visa program, which is frequently used to employ foreign engineering talent in the USA, and Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

"We're embracing big change, bold thinking, and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be".

Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said he wanted the Trump administration to make use of commercially available technologies, worker retraining, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

"And at far less cost", President Trump said.

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Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner welcomed the executives to the White House saying: "We will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before".

He said the administration was scrapping unneeded regulations for government computing systems, such as a rule on preventing Y2K issues.

The White House is seeking to shrink government, reduce the federal workforce and eliminate regulations. "If you care about the direction of this country, if you have the opportunity to go to the White House and sit down with the president of the United States, whether it's a Republican or Democrat, show up".

Numerous tech executives are eager to get White House help in dealing with regulatory and other policy issues such as visas for highly skilled workers.

"Today, many of our agencies rely on painfully outdated technology, and yet, we have the greatest people in technology that the world has ever seen right here with us", Trump said at the meeting held at the White House on Monday.

Other members of the council include: Ajay Banga, the CEO of Mastercard; Safra Catz, co-CEO of Oracle; Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM [center row, right]; and Peter Thiel.

Only the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, was unable to attend after being invited.

Other reports by GizPress

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