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Technology CEOs urged to join Trump initiative

20 June 2017

"We will work with individuals, regardless of what their past political beliefs are, to further the President's agenda and to bring ideas to the table". Officials said they believe there is alignment between the administration and technology CEOs on H-1Bs but want to hear more.

Specifically, Tim Cook pitched to President Trump that the united States should make coding a requirement in school's, something he has voiced his opinion on in the past as well.

Still, Silicon Valley's wariness of the Trump administration prompted some in the industry to say that the day-long series of flashy CEO workshops was mostly for show - and no substitute for simply doing the work.

The aim of the day, laid out in a ten-point document given to attendees in advance, is to help government streamline services and bureaucracy using technological solutions.

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Others attending include Alphabet Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Chairman John Doerr and the CEOs of Microsoft Corp International Business Machines Corp, Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Oracle Corp and Adobe Systems Inc.

Kushner and one of Trump's national security advisers, Jason Greenblatt, will be in Jerusalem and Ramallah to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and, separately, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and their senior advisers. Tesla CEO Elon Musk left two of Trump's advisory councils earlier this month after the president announced that he would pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement.

PHOTO, TOP: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in an American Technology Council roundtable, accompanied by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (L) and Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft Corporation at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 19, 2017. Almost 100 major technology companies - including Facebook, LinkedIn and Intel - also opposed the administration's travel ban in February.

Silicon Valley has never exactly been a hotbed of Trump support.

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The White House thinks it can take lessons from credit card companies in significantly reducing fraud. The government has more than 6,000 data centers and spends $86 billion a year on technology, figures that are "orders of magnitude" higher than the private-market equivalents, Liddell said.

Trump administration officials in attendance included Mike Pence, Steve Mnuchin andWilbur Ross.

The umbrella issue for the daylong conference is the federal governments antiquated IT systems.

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner will visit Palestine this week in a stated effort to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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The meeting was the first of the American Technology Council, a group of tech CEOs whose goal is modernizing the government's "technology infrastructure". Apple CEO Tim Cook threw a fundraiser for Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton previous year.