Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are among a group of technology leaders meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House today, with plans to discuss how the government can begin cutting waste and improving services.

The Trump administration believes there is an "economic opportunity" to save as much as $1 trillion over the next ten years, and is seeking the advice of a group of tech CEOs on the best way to reduce government spending through technology (via Reuters).

19385 19730 czquuifvqaew02p l
Methods looked at by the Trump administration are said to include cutting government information technology costs, reducing government costs through improved IT services, leveraging government buying power, and reducing fraud across government agencies.

President Donald Trump will meet with the chief executives of technology companies including Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc on Monday as the White House looks to the private sector for help in cutting government waste and improving services.

White House officials said on a conference call on Friday that the administration believed there was an "economic opportunity" to save up to $1 trillion over 10 years by significantly cutting government information technology costs, reducing government costs through improved IT, leveraging government buying power and cutting fraud across government agencies.

The meeting with nearly 20 chief executives comes as the White House pushes to shrink government, cut federal employees and eliminate regulations. Many business executives are eager to work with the new administration as they face numerous regulatory and other policy issues.

Other companies attending the meeting include Alphabet, Microsoft, MasterCard, Intel, Qualcomm, Oracle, Adobe, and more. The meeting, which was announced earlier this month, follows a few other efforts by the Trump administration in modernizing the government with the help of CEOs from tech companies, including the "White House Office of American Innovation" and "American Technology Council."

Other topics up for discussion will be the United States work visa program, which has been a major point of contention as it directly affects tech companies trying to hire foreign workers, as well as cyber security. Before directly meeting with President Trump, it's said that the CEOs will discuss the issues on hand with Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, and White House official Chris Liddell.

Many tech leaders decided to leave the White House's various advisory councils after Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords. In a new statement, the White House said the decision had little effect on today's meeting and that it was full to capacity, resulting in some leaders being turned away. According to Axios, the meetings will run all the way to Thursday with topics further including drones and other IoT devices, which will end what the White House is calling "Technology Week."

For Apple's part, Tim Cook last week pointed out numerous ways he disagrees with Trump, but stated that his personal beliefs weren't enough to make him walk away from the Trump administration's councils, because he felt the need to keep the bigger picture in mind. "At the end of the day, I’m not a person who’s going to walk away and say, “If you don’t do what I want, I leave.” ... But I care deeply about America. I want America to do well. America’s more important than bloody politics from my point of view."

Update: Recode has shared some details about what was discussed at the meeting. Trump said there's a need for a "sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology," while Apple CEO Tim Cook, who also agreed with the need for modernization, said coding should be a requirement in schools.

Update 2: The White House has shared a video featuring some of the discussion.


Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

Top Rated Comments

TheRealTVGuy Avatar
74 months ago
Thank god Trump is actually making this country great again. These same companies like Apple have avoided paying billions in taxes, no more...
I believe Apple has paid everything they are legally required to pay. As has President Trump, for that matter. ;)
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Chupa Chupa Avatar
74 months ago
Thank god Trump is actually making this country great again. These same companies like Apple have avoided paying billions in taxes, no more, a NON politician and OUTSIDER like President Trump will finally show these tech firms that you need to pay to stay

He's bringing jobs and respect back to this country
<edited with correction regarding tax avoidance. H/T Tgara & MH01>

Tax avoidance isn't illegal. If Apple is suspected of tax evasion then the Treasury Dept. should press charges against Apple. But that has not happened because Apple pays all of it's U.S. taxes legally due.

The tax laws are written by Congress, signed by the President, and then rule making written by the IRS. That is where you need to complain if you are upset. But please, enough with the meme that Apple is avoiding paying it's taxes because it doesn't repatriate overseas profit back to the U.S. Also - that is money made overseas from overseas customers. Why does it belong to you anyway just because Apple' HQ is in the U.S.? How about we get our hands out of the pocket out of other people's and company's wallets?
[doublepost=1497879719][/doublepost]
Buying Apple hardware certainly won't reduce government spending. :)
Sure it will. The Gov't could lay off 90% of it's IT dept. :D
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zedcars Avatar
74 months ago
Another way to reduce government spending would be to cut down on those Mar-a-Largo trips Donnie. Although, according to some reports he's on to quite a little earner...

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-earned-mar-lago-art-deal-financial-disclosure/story?id=48094663
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tgara Avatar
74 months ago
Tax avoidance is illegal and punishable with heavy fines and or jail. If Apple is suspected of tax avoidance then the Treasury Dept. should press charges against Apple. But that has not happened because Apple pays all of it's U.S. taxes legally due.

The tax laws are written by Congress, signed by the President, and then rule making written by the IRS. That is where you need to complain if you are upset. But please, enough with the meme that Apple is avoiding paying it's taxes because it doesn't repatriate overseas profit back to the U.S. Also - that is money made overseas from overseas customers. Why does it belong to you anyway just because Apple' HQ is in the U.S.? How about we get our hands out of the pocket out of other people's and company's wallets?
Chupa, I think you mean to say that tax evasion is illegal, not tax avoidance. Tax avoidance is a strategy to arrange one's affairs to minimize the tax owed to the government, and is perfectly legal. Tax evasion on the other hand, through fraud or deliberate underpayment, is illegal.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Iconoclysm Avatar
74 months ago
Example please?
[doublepost=1497897386][/doublepost]
What??
Largest electoral vote win in over 100 years. Biggest turnout for an inauguration. Healthiest President that has ever lived. "I never said that" to things he blatantly, outright said - he's done this so many times that it could be a world record.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
simonmet Avatar
74 months ago
Thank god Trump is actually making this country great again. These same companies like Apple have avoided paying billions in taxes, no more, a NON politician and OUTSIDER like President Trump will finally show these tech firms that you need to pay to stay

He's bringing jobs and respect back to this country
Can't tell if serious or satire. :p
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iOS 16

iOS 16.3 Now Available for Your iPhone With These 4 New Features

Friday February 3, 2023 1:13 pm PST by
Apple released iOS 16.3 in late January following nearly six weeks of beta testing. The software update is available for the iPhone 8 and newer, and while it is a relatively minor update, it still includes a handful of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Below, we've recapped new features in iOS 16.3, including support for physical security keys as a two-factor authentication option for...
HomePod 2 White and Midnight Feature Purple Blue

Apple Explains Why HomePod Was Released Again, Wi-Fi 4 Limitation, and More

Thursday February 2, 2023 7:57 am PST by
Apple's VP of hardware engineering Matthew Costello and product marketing employee Alice Chan recently spoke with Men's Journal and TechCrunch about the new second-generation HomePod in wide-ranging interviews about the smart speaker. Apple discontinued the original full-size HomePod in March 2021 after multiple reports indicated that sales of the speaker were lackluster, but Chan told Men's ...
Apple Silicon Teal Feature

The Next Big Apple Silicon Device May Not Be a Mac or iPad

Wednesday February 1, 2023 3:57 am PST by
Apple's next device with an Apple silicon chip may not be a Mac or an iPad, but rather an advanced external display, according to recent reports. The display, which is rumored to arrive this year, is expected to sit somewhere between the $1,599 Studio Display and the $4,999 Pro Display XDR – but more exact information about the device's positioning and price point is as yet unknown. While ...
iOS 16

Apple Preparing iOS 16.3.1 Update for iPhone as Wait for iOS 16.4 Beta Continues

Thursday February 2, 2023 6:41 am PST by
Apple appears to be preparing an iOS 16.3.1 update for the iPhone, based on evidence of the software in our website's analytics logs this week. It's unclear when the update will be released, but it will likely be available at some point in February. The same logs have accurately foreshadowed the release of several previous updates, including iOS 16.0.3 and iOS 16.1.1 most recently, so they...
General iOS 16 Feature Yellow

Five New iOS Features Coming to Your iPhone Later This Year

Tuesday January 31, 2023 11:58 am PST by
Apple has previously announced several upcoming iOS features that are expected to be added to the iPhone this year. Some of the features could be introduced with iOS 16.4, which should enter beta testing soon, while others will arrive later in the year. Below, we have recapped five new iOS features that are expected to launch in 2023, such as an Apple Pay Later financing option for purchases ...
Apple Pay Later Quick Green Feature

Apple Pay Later Launching 'Soon'

Thursday February 2, 2023 2:10 pm PST by
The Apple Pay Later service that Apple has in the works is set to launch "soon," Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC ahead of today's earnings call for the first fiscal quarter of 2023. Cook said that Apple employees are beta testing the Apple Pay Later feature, which will help Apple boost services revenue. "It will be launching soon," Cook said. Apple Pay Later was first previewed at the...
webkit vs chromium feature

Google Working on Browser for iOS That Would Break Apple's App Store Rules

Saturday February 4, 2023 1:30 am PST by
Google's Chromium developers are working on an experimental web browser for iOS that would break Apple's browser engine restrictions, The Register reports. The experimental browser, which is being actively pursued by developers, uses Google's Blink engine. Yet if Google attempted to release it on the App Store, it would not pass Apple's App Review process. Apple's App Store rules dictate...