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Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos will visit the White House for tech council meeting

Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos will visit the White House for tech council meeting


Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt will also reportedly attend the Jared Kushner-led meeting

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Trump Holds Summit With Technology Industry Leaders
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Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella plan to visit the White House this month, Bloomberg reports, for the first meeting of a Jared Kushner-led council that aims to “transform and modernize” government digital services. Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will also attend the meeting of the American Technology Council on June 19th, according to Bloomberg, along with executives from IBM and Oracle.

President Donald Trump formed the American Technology Council by executive order on May 1st, tapping Kushner — his son-in-law and senior advisor — to lead it. Facebook has received an invitation to this month’s event, Bloomberg reports, though the company has not yet responded to it.

Facebook reportedly has yet to respond to the invitation

The meeting will come weeks after Cook, Nadella, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai publicly criticized the Trump administration for its decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. Silicon Valley executives have also been critical of Trump’s proposed travel ban on passengers from majority-Muslim countries; Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft were among the 97 companies that filed an amicus brief in opposition to the proposed travel ban in February.

Eleven companies have been invited to attend this month’s tech summit, according to Bloomberg. The summit will include a meeting of all the executives, followed by discussions around topics such as cloud computing and technology sales to the government.

Trump met with Silicon Valley leaders in December, prior to his inauguration. Among the topics reportedly discussed at the meeting were immigration, trade with China, and efforts to reduce government waste through data analysis.