The Jared Kushner-led Office of American Innovation hosts a tech summit Monday with CEOs from companies including Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft in attendance. The executives will be joined by White House officials including President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Ivanka Trump, as well as certain Cabinet heads, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Politico reports.
"Silicon Valley's relationship with Trump is complicated," writes Axios. "The industry's employees aren't usually happy when their CEOs engage with the president. But a combination of policy realities (tech would love a good deal on tax reform, for example) and a fear of being out of the loop on other discussions (such as modernizing federal IT systems) keeps executives coming back to the table."
The executives will reportedly work at the summit in group sessions under the umbrella topic of "modernizing government technology." Such sessions include a conversation on high-skilled worker visas, and another on emerging technologies.
"No matter what industry you're a part of, it's critical to engage with the current administration," Gina Woodworth, of the Internet Association, told Politico. "While there may be differing opinions on some policy issues, there's also productive discussions to be had and room for positive collaboration."