Trump seeks tech’s help for government IT overhaul

President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpLewandowski near ‘high six-figure book deal’: report GOP fires opening attack on Dem reportedly running for Heller’s Senate seat Overnight Tech: Trump seeks tech’s help for ‘sweeping’ IT overhaul | FTC looks to block sports fantasy merger | Firm exposes nearly 200M voters’ data MORE met with the CEOs of major technology companies on Monday, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Apple’s Tim Cook, asking them to help carry out a “sweeping transformation” of the federal government’s information technology and cybersecurity.

The meeting was the first of the American Technology Council, a group of tech CEOs whose goal is modernizing the government’s “technology infrastructure.” The meeting marked the beginning of the White House’s “technology week,” aimed at pushing Trump’s policies in that area.

“Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens, stronger protection from cyber attacks, which we were just discussing in the Oval Office with a little bit smaller group,” Trump said at the start of the meeting.

Tech executives in attendance also lobbied the president on high skill immigration reform, Microsoft CEO Brad Smith tweeted following the meeting.

“I think there’s general belief [among those in the meeting] that this can be resolved in an effective way,” said VMware CEO Patrick Gelsinger, who was among the CEOs in attendance. “There was strong messaging from the President in this regard that he gets it,” he continued, noting that the president wants to see this “get resolved.”

Gelsinger said that they also spoke about emerging technologies like cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Among the other attendees at the event were Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Palantir CEO Alex Karp. They joined Bezos and Cook and other leaders earlier in the day for a series…

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