Technology Week By The Trump Administration Will Include Big Names Including Tim Cook And Jeff Bezos
Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos are part of the technology week arranged by the Trump administration. They will meet with President Trump to discuss how the government can begin to cut waste and improve other services. The administration is of the view that there is an ‘economic opportunity’ to save around $ 1 trillion over the next ten years. The administration is hence seeking the advice of the biggest technology leaders on the best ways to reduce spending through innovative tech methods.
Trump’s Technology week
The methods already being considered for this purpose by the administration include cutting government information technology costs, reducing government costs through improved IT services, leveraging government buying power, and reducing fraud across government agencies. The executives are eager to work with the government in this regard.
Alphabet, Microsoft, MasterCard, Intel, Qualcomm, Oracle, Adobe are also part of the technology week. Plans for the meeting were announced earlier in the month and this all part of the efforts being made by the Trump administration to modernize the government with the help of tech companies and tech leaders. Others included in the meeting were the “White House Office of American Innovation” and “American Technology Council.”
Topics for discussion also include the United States work visa program. This topic has been the source of a lot of debate for a while now as it affects tech companies that are trying to hire foreigners. CEOs will discuss issues with Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and White House official Chris Liddell before meeting Trump.
Bigger picture is what matters, says Cook
After Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, many tech leaders took the decision to withdraw them from the White House’s various advisory councils. In a statement the White House said that these withdrawals had not affected the meeting and it will still take place. The meetings will take place in full swing till Thursday when this ‘Technology Week’, as the White House likes to call it, will end.
Tim Cook pointed out last week that he disagreed with the President on many things but his personal beliefs will not make him walk away from the administration’s councils. According to him he wanted to keep the bigger picture in perspective. He said, “At the end of the day, I’m not a person who’s going to walk away and say, “If you don’t do what I want, I leave.” … But I care deeply about America. I want America to do well. America’s more important than bloody politics from my point of view.”