Some of the biggest players in tech are preparing for a trip to the White House.
Bloomberg is reporting that the first meeting of a council intended to “transform and modernise” government digital services is later in June, and attendees include the CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, and IBM.
The American Technology Council is one of the projects of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law to the president. An all-star line-up has reportedly been confirmed, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google parent company Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.
The summit is reportedly scheduled for June 19.
The tech industry as a whole has an uneasy relationship with President Trump. Prior to his shock election win in 2016, it overwhelmingly opposed his candidacy. Trump meanwhile, directly attacked the industry on a number of fronts, including Apple’s use of overseas labour to build phones and its privacy stance, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post, and with promises to reform the American visa system heavily relied on by US tech companies.
While he was president-elect in December 2016, a number of high-profile execs (including Cook, Bezos, and Google’s Larry Page) met with Trump and his team at Trump Tower in New York City. But since his presidency officially began, Trump has been directly criticised by tech execs on a number of matters, including his attempts to impose a ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority nations and his withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.
“I know many of you share my disappointment with the White House’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement,” Cook wrote in a memo to Apple employees in early June. “I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement. But it wasn’t enough.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, meanwhile, left Trump’s advisory council after the Paris decision was made public.
Spokespeople for Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
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