Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and other major CEOs from the tech industry are meeting today with United States president Donald Trump and other US officials. While issues such as immigration and cyber security are expected to be discussed, the meeting mainly serves as a forum for how technology can be used in the modernization of the US government (via Geek Wire.)
Though the CEOs from Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Oracle, Abobbe. IBM, Palantir, SAP, Intel, Qualcomm and VMWare are confirmed to be in attendance, a few are also absent. It is reported that while Facebook was invited to the meeting, the social network choose not to attend. Additionally, Elon Musk is also not in attendance.
The meeting is one main part of the American Technology Council, which was formed by the US Government in May to help governmental agencies find ways to get up to speed on digital services. Another tech meeting is also scheduled later for this week, though that is expected focused more on new technologies such as the IoT, and drones.
Microsoft and other major tech companies have put up several battles with the Trump Administration, but are no strangers to meetings with the president. Several tech leaders famously penned a letter which deemed some Trump policies as a “disaster for innovation.” Microsoft also showed opposition to Trump’s Travel Ban, and recently expressed disappointment at the decision for the US to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change.