Trump's technology summit draws big names

Apple's Tim Cook, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, IBM's Ginni Rometty, Oracle's Safra Catz, Intel's Brian Krzanich and more attended the summit to discuss modernizing the technology that runs the USA government.

The White House is hosting leaders and CEOs from leading technology companies this week, hoping to get the best in the biz to figure out why the government sucks so bad at technology. Neither Ivanka Trump, 35, who has been an executive in her father's company and started her own fashion line, or Kushner, a 36-year-old property tycoon, has any prior government experience. Also on hand is Trump's daughter and Kushner's wife, senior presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.

"Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before", said White House senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, before the sessions started. 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".

Among those attending included Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook, who castigated Trump for his travel ban and the United States withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty.

The gathering was the first event for a technology-focused effort within the White House Office of American Innovation, which seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. He said there was "a lot of room for optimization in the federal government". IBM was prominent last week during the White House's push for apprenticeships.

Kushner suggested shifting government data to the cloud. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was invited but could not attend because of a conflict, the company said.

The White House on Monday urged technology CEOs to pitch in on President Donald Trump's effort to modernize government. Intel unveiled plans at the Oval Office in February to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory, a move Trump portrayed as a win for USA workers.

Following Trump's June 1 decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger stepped down from White House advisory panels.

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