Tim Cook: Tech employees are 'nervous' about immigration

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

Trump's worldwide envoy, Jason Greenblatt, will also join meetings involving Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among other high-ranking officials from both sides, said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley descended on the White House on Monday (19 June) for the first meeting of the American Technology Council.

What exactly Jared Kushner's voice sounds like has been somewhat of a mystery for some time now. "Our goal here is simple", Kushner said in discussing the Council. That's a core promise and we are keeping it.

The CEOs and White House also planned to discuss Trump's review announced in April of the United States visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country.

"We will foster a new set of start-ups focused on gov tech and be a leader in the field making government more transparent and responsive to citizens' needs", he added.

President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are scheduled to attend some of the meetings.

Some of the Tech CEOs attending the meeting include Tim Cook of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), who outspokenly in criticized Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and travel ban on immigrants. from several major Muslim countries.

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The council will also work on non-tech specific topics such as the H-1B visa program that the president has said he would cut back, drawing criticism from numerous country's biggest companies.

He said the administration was scrapping unneeded cyber compliance rules and should be able to consolidate and eliminate the vast majority of the government's 6,100 data centers and move to a cloud-based storage system.

The event was hosted by the White House Office of American Innovation and the American Technology Council, which is led by Kushner.

US President Donald Trump and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft Corporation listen as Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon speaks during an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House. He also cited some examples of the current technology infrastructure, noting the use of floppy discs in Pentagon "legacy systems".

It comes after some technology executives clashed with Trump over his decision to exit the Paris climate accord.

Chris Liddell, a White House aide who directs the technology effort, said the executives would participate in a series of working groups, concluding with a session with Trump.

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