Tech CEOs to visit White House

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House in Washington U.S

"To date we've been working with hundreds of civil servants".

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".

Some of the Tech CEOs attending the meeting include Tim Cook of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), who outspokenly in criticized Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and travel ban on immigrants. from several major Muslim countries.

Jared Kushner has made his first public remarks since his appointment as an official White House adviser and this is probably the first time most people will have ever heard him speak!

The meeting with almost 20 chief executives comes as the White House pushes to shrink government, cut federal employees and eliminate regulations.

Musk is the highest profile CEO not to attend the summit.

Although Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg had joined other tech executives in a December meeting with Trump in NY, she will not be in attendance. Each CEO was also invited to bring what the official described as a "plus one" to the event who has expertise on these topics. Facebook FB.O CEO Mark Zuckerberg was invited but could not attend because of a conflict, the company said. Trump, for now, has kept both intact. He's listed as attending on behalf of his venture fund. But so far, the White House has indicated that it does not consider the situation to be urgent. He said there was "a lot of room for optimization in the federal government".

Kushner also referenced the 1980 Paperwork Reduction Act, which was created to make the government more efficient where it still has domain over every form online.

"Much like his predecessors in the White House, Trump and his team believe that Washington, D.C., has been too slow to adapt to the digital age", Tony Romm writes for Recode. "But a combination of policy realities (tech would love a good deal on tax reform, for example) and a fear of being out of the loop on other discussions (such as modernizing federal IT systems) keeps executives coming back to the table", David McCabe points out for Axios.

"It's very tempting to say f*** you". Those eager to see tech execs do just that "are asking them to act like Trump instead of acting strategically and clever".

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