Trump meets CEOs of Apple, Mircosoft, Amazon, IBM

Other participating Silicon Valley chief executives included Eric Schmidt of Alphabet (parent company of Google), Brian Krzanich of Intel, Steven Mollenkopf of Qualcomm, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe and Ginni Rometty of IBM.President Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser attended the four-hour event in Washington, D.C., to present ideas on how to tackle government’s top technology problem.As we reported earlier today, Tim Cook was among a handful of tech executives who met with President Donald Trump today in Washington D.C. The central goal of the meeting was to help use technology to cut costs and further modernize the United States government. As an example of how far the government is behind in technology, he discussed the Pentagon’s use of floppy disks and costly data centers that could be moved to the cloud.Kushner met with a team of tech executives, including Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos, as part of the newly created American Technology Council.After Trump announced he would exit the Paris Agreement, Musk tweeted that he would be resigning from his positions on the president’s advisory councils. Leaders at Apple and Google were among the American corporate executives who appealed to the president to stay in the pact.Trump’s worldwide envoy, Jason Greenblatt, will also join meetings involving Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among other high-ranking officials from both sides, said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.Cook also offered advice to Trump, suggesting that the federal government needs to be more focused on the people, which was not how it now operated.Monday’s gathering was the most closely watched assemblage of tech luminaries since Trump met with industry chief executives at Trump Tower in NY in December. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk chose to stop advising Trump over the issue. The meetings will take place in full swing till Thursday when this “Technology Week”, as the White House likes to call it, will end.He speaks! Have you ever heard Jared Kushner’s voice before? A Facebook spokesperson told Axios that the social media company did receive an invite but declined due to “prior scheduling conflicts”.But much of the goodwill the industry may have been willing to extend the president at the beginning of his term in office has likely already been used up, as the White House has clashed with tech companies on a variety of issues, including immigration, encryption, and climate change.Also on the council’s agenda: modernizing the government’s technology infrastructure and keeping its computers safe from cyber attacks.