The meeting also included Vice President Mike Pence, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser.
"Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before", Kushner said. While it was COO Sheryl Sandberg, rather than Mark Zuckerberg, who represented the company at December's meeting with Trump, the social network sent no representatives to yesterday's summit. Bezos said it was "impossible to overstate" artificial intelligence and its future importance.
During his election campaign, Trump had little support from Silicon Valley, with most leading tech company executives distancing themselves from the Republican candidate. Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord was also widely criticized by tech executives, with some withdrawing from advisory positions as a result.
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Forrester predicts that United States spending on technology will fall 0.1% in 2017 and 0.6% in 2018 as Trump grapples with federal spending. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were among those attending an afternoon of working groups on technology issues.
Apple's top executive asked President Donald Trump to show more compassion in his immigration policy and reassure immigrant workers in the technology community that they are welcome in the U.S. Trump has spoken out against illegal immigration and signed an executive order banning travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, a source of tension with technology firms. Intel unveiled plans at the Oval Office in February to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory, a move that Trump portrayed as a win for US workers.
Kushner, a senior adviser who entered the White House with no government experience, has been assigned the job of conducting Middle East peace diplomacy and will visit the region this week for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
"The US should have the most modern government in the world".
Interestingly, Cook also spoke about the importance of migration to the country - I cannot image that going own well with Trump - and the need for better encryption policies.