VOL. 132 | NO. 122 | Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Technology CEOs Urged to Join Trump Initiative
WASHINGTON (AP) — Technology CEOs are being urged by White House officials to pitch in on President Donald Trump's effort to modernize government.
Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner welcomed technology executives to the White House on Monday for an afternoon of working groups. They are discussing issues like technology infrastructure, cyber security and visas for foreign workers.
Kushner says the CEOS are working on some of the country's biggest challenges.
Those attending include Apple CEO Tim Cook and the executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, Eric Schmidt. Also on hand is Trump's daughter and Kushner's wife, senior presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.
The gathering is the first event for a technology-focused effort within the White House Office of American Innovation. It seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.
It comes after some technology executives clashed with Trump over his decision to exit the Paris climate accord. Leaders at Apple and Google were among the American corporate executives who appealed to the president to stay in the pact.
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