President Calls for Transformation of Government’s Technology

From left, Apple CEO Tim Cook along with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a meeting of the American Technology Roundtable Monday.

The leaders of Apple, Alphabet, Amazon and Microsoft met today with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss using cloud computing and other technologies to make the government more efficient.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt were just four of the 18 tech leaders to attend the meeting of the American Technology Council during which the president was adamant that the federal government desperately “needs to catch up with the technology revolution.”

“Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver, dramatically, better services for citizens, stronger protection from cyber-attacks… and up to a trillion dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next 10 years,” Trump said during the meeting. “We’re embracing big change, bold thinking and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be and at far less cost.”

Led by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, it was the second meeting for many of the tech executives, which also included IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Oracle CEO Safra Catz and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen.

Noticeably absent was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The social networking firm said he was unable to attend the meeting due to a scheduling conflict.

The meeting gave all of the executives and other tech leaders a chance to have their say and express concerns.

“The U.S. should have the most modern government in the world. Today it doesn’t,” Cook said, adding that coding should be a requirement in every public school” to address the “huge deficit” of skills needed in the U.S.

Nadella talked about the necessity of the technology industry collaborating with the government to bring more skills to the American worker so they are equipped to take on “the jobs of the future.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, meanwhile, said the federal government should take advantage of commercial technology to save taxpayers money.

The meeting will likely be the first of many between the Trump administration and Silicon Valley’s top leaders, despite differences in opinion on issues like the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords.

The American Technology Council was formed May 1 via an executive order from the president. The goal of the group is to “transform and modernize” the government’s “information technology and how it uses and delivers digital services.”

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Jennifer Cowan

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