- The Trump administration invited Amazon to the White House on Thursday for a meeting on artificial intelligence.
- The event marks the first meeting between Amazon and the White House since Trump began targeting the company in a series of vicious tweets beginning in late March.
- Rohit Prasad, the head scientist for Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa, will attend the meeting along with executives from Facebook, Google, Oracle, and more than three dozen other companies.
A top Amazon executive is meeting with White House officials on Thursday as part of a summit on artificial intelligence.
Rohit Prasad, the head scientist for Amazon’s voice-assistant Alexa, will join executives from more than three dozen companies including Facebook, Google, and Oracle, for the summit, The Washington Post reports.
The event will mark the first meeting between Amazon and the White House since Trump began targeting the company in a series of vicious tweets beginning in late March.
The White House will likely steer clear of any discussion of Trump’s tweets at Thursday’s meeting, however, where the administration is planning to instead tackle issues like how to help advance artificial intelligence in fields like agriculture, health care, and transportation, according to the Post.
On Twitter, Trump has accused Amazon of “costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy,” not paying its fair share of taxes, and putting other companies out of business.
Trump also tweeted that “Amazon must pay real costs (and taxes) now!” He said the company is costing American taxpayers “many billions of dollars” while operating a “scam,” and he accused The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, of pushing Amazon’s agenda.
Trump’s Twitter attacks began shortly after an Axios report stating that the president was “obsessed” with Amazon.
Amazon’s Bezos later responded to the attacks by saying he welcomed government scrutiny.
“Whether it’s the current US administration or any other government agency around the world – Amazon is now a large corporation and I expect us to be scrutinised,” Bezos said.
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