President Donald Trump has launched the American Technology Council via executive order on May 1, 2017. A meeting is being scheduled for June to bring together executives to start hashing out the initiative.
While a list of tech executives being invited has not been released, some of the tech companies from Trump’s first tech summit in New York are likely to be called. Rumored attendees include executives from Apple, Amazon, Cisco, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Salesforce and SpaceX. Oracle confirmed that CEO Safra Catz, who advised Trump during his transition into office, intends to participate, according to an article on recode.net, and IBM’s CEO, Virginia Roomette, appears likely to attend.
Trump faces a bit of a battle with tech companies. Previous efforts met with backlashes from tech company employees, which caused Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to pull out of the first meeting of Trump’s business advisory board.
It should be noted that Trump’s predecessor, President Obama, launched similar efforts, like the U.S. Digital Service, and also found it to be a daunting task.
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