USA tech titans urge Trump to tackle skills gap

On Monday, top executives of the tech industry attended the inaugural meeting of the American Technology Council at the White House.

He signed a separate order in March to overhaul the federal government and tapped son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner to lead a White House Office of American Innovation to leverage business ideas and potentially privatize some government functions. "We're going to be working on it, and we're going to solve the problem". He also cited some examples of the current technology infrastructure, noting the use of floppy discs in Pentagon "legacy systems".

Photo Tech leaders and investors, some of whom have disagreed with President Trump, met at the White House on Monday about updating government technology.

"Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution", he said.

"We have approximately $3.5 trillion of market value in this room - but that's nearly the exact number that we've created since my election", he said to laughter from the attendees, which shows what sort of brown-nosing is going on at this event. He also mentioned that civilian agencies maintain more than 1.6m email addresses per month using on-premise servers at an average cost of $20-per-user per month.

Alphabet Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who also attended, warned employees after the travel ban announcement that the Trump administration is going to do "evil things", according to a transcript BuzzFeed obtained. During his meetings with the aforementioned tech leaders, the president reportedly called upon them to ask for the industry's help in improving federal technology usage. But none of the executives criticized the president in public sessions, and Trump projected a jovial mood, touting the gains in technology stocks since he took office and expressing confidence his administration would overcome such long-running challenges as modernizing the air traffic system.

However, only one of the major tech companies opted not to attend Monday's White House meeting: Facebook was invited, but made a decision to sit this one out, according to a Recode report.

The White House thinks it can learn from credit card companies about significantly reducing fraud.

Tech giants like Tim Cook of Apple and Jeff Bezos of Amazon are invited to a tech summit at the White House.

The meeting comes off the heels of a conference call held last Friday, during which the President described an "economic opportunity" that could result in the USA government saving as much as $1 trillion over the course of the next decade by exploring ways in which the government can reduce IT expenses, improve its spending power, and reduce fraud.

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