MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga (L) speaks with Ivanka Trump as tech company leaders gather at a summit of the American Technology Council at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on June 19, 2017.
The council, which includes the CEOs of some of the country's biggest tech businesses, is slated to discuss with the president ways to modernize the federal government's technology infrastructure while also improving the way it handles cybersecurity issues.
In May, Trump created an "American Technology Council", the latest in a series of efforts to modernize the USA government. Also missing at the meeting was Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who recently quit Trump's economic advisory council after Trump made a decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord.
President Donald Trump met with almost 20 executives of top technology companies on Monday evening.
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Trump in March signed an order to overhaul the federal government and tapped Kushner to lead a White House Office of American Innovation to leverage business ideas and potentially privatize some government functions.
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The Obama administration also tried to upgrade the government's technology systems.
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Some of the Tech CEOs attending the meeting include Tim Cook of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), who outspokenly in criticized Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and travel ban on immigrants. from several major Muslim countries.
"The U.S. should have the most modern government in the world, and today it doesn't", said Cook during the open-door session of the roundtable. It was one of Trump's latest initiatives to modernize the US government, which spends $80 billion annually on information technology (IT) and employs approximately 113,000 It professionals. "Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution".
The sprawling federal government maintains more than 6,000 data centers, some of the systems stretching back more than a half century.
The event was organised by Jared Kushner, special adviser to the President, and Chris Liddell, the White House director of strategic initiatives and former chief financial officer of Microsoft.
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