Tim Cook and Other CEOs Meeting With Trump Today to Discuss Using Tech to Reduce Government Spending [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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).


    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.
    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.

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  2. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
  3. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    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
  4. TheRealTVGuy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    Orlando, FL
    I believe Apple has paid everything they are legally required to pay. As has President Trump, for that matter. ;)
  5. Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    Tim Cook should step in,It's time to Make Apple and American Great Again!
  6. JesperA macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2012
    Yeah sure, if Tim was POTUS it would take him 30 years to order someone to change the bottle in the water cooler, meanwhile other companies have colonized Mars
  7. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    At a 10% tax rate. A reduction of 25%, that'll teach 'em...
  8. Zedcars macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2010
    Brighton, UK
  9. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Lol @ MR using THAT picture again. Tim's expression makes me wish I could have been in that room reading his mind. I actually don't think he's thinking anything negative and is just listening, but his resting b-face puts mine to shame, and I've got a pretty good one!

    At any rate the idea of holding meetings like this is a good one. Let's hope they yield good results. I'm no fan of Trump, not at all, but I have held onto the hope he would use his long experience in the business world to do some good for our country. I hope this sort of endeavor is right in his wheelhouse. I have no idea what is going to become of this administration in the time that remains to it, but at least let it achieve something positive amidst all the chaos and controversy currently swirling around it.
  10. simonmet macrumors 68020


    Sep 9, 2012
    Can't tell if serious or satire. :p
  11. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    - Insert joke about saving money with Apple premium pricing -
  12. Jarman74 macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2009
    Tomorrow your guy will be five months in the job and so far his only achievement has been the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. For which majority leader Mitch McConnell deserves far more credit, btw.

    You must have set fairly low goals for him if it is taking so little to make "this country great again."
  13. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Yeah, low pay coal and oil jobs, while leaving all the future tech jobs to Europe and Asia. Good job Mr President. Oh and talking about respect to the country, do you really think so? He is making America look like its run by lunatics. The world is laughing at you if you didn't notice. :) Its funny and scary at the same time, like looking at those videos where someone trips on a skateboard and lands on his face.

    Edit: Sorry, you got me, I thought you were serious. :p
  14. Rafagon macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2011
    Miami, FL
    Buying Apple hardware certainly won't reduce government spending. :)
  15. Chupa Chupa, Jun 19, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2017

    Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    <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?
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    Sure it will. The Gov't could lay off 90% of it's IT dept. :D
  16. Digital Dude macrumors 6502a

    Digital Dude

    Oct 12, 2008
    Arizona where freedom still means something
    It's refreshing to hear Mr. Tim Cook to finally include all of America in his world view.
    "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."
  17. iModFrenzy macrumors 6502a


    Jan 15, 2015
    Our actions define our legacy
    Oh if people would give him a chance:rolleyes:

    If trump didn’t speak his mind, he probably wouldn’t be called crazy. But he does, he’s different from your average leader. If he did all of the stuff he’s done but acted like Obama while doing it- I guarantee not many would care or be paying attention. ;)
  18. tgara macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    Connecticut, USA
    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.
  19. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    Trump's SC pick with be there for the next 40 years :)

    hope the liberals enjoy that
  20. Moi Ici, Jun 19, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 20, 2017

    Moi Ici macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    Oh, he's been given a chance, and is proving himself to be an incompetent. He's used to having to answer to no one and is losing it that he's being "questioned" on his moves and decisions. He begged to get into the wh
    for 2plus years and now complains it's too hard and he can't just do whatever he wants.
    Look at his businesses, check out his history. It's not pleasant reading. When he doesn't want to pay someone, he declares their work "subpar" when he over leverages he declares bankruptcy. He is loath to put his hand into his own pocket and pay what's due.
  21. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Given most government software is bespoke and written for windows, this would be the the single dumbest decision so far..... no no no...
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    You avoid paying taxes with tax evasion also ;) which apple is guilty off . Tax avoidance they are not.

    Things change very quickly with macs when you have to run software for business. You will be hiring back those 90% very fast
  22. HEK macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2013
    US Eastern time zone
    Suggest an app for Donnie's phone that sends electric shock to him each time he increases defense spending. That will cut back a whole lot.
  23. macfacts macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2012
    Just cause it is legal doesn't make it right. Slavery use to be legal.
  24. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002

    Yes. Thanks for the correction and clarification.
  25. Kabeyun macrumors 68020


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Who knows? Certainly not The People.

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