Federal government technology is “painfully outdated”: Trump

During a meeting with the heads of pioneer tech companies including Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, US President Donald Trump has disparaged the federal government technology as “painfully outdated”.

In a meeting held at the White House on Monday, US President said, “Today, many of our agencies rely on painfully outdated technology, and yet, we have the greatest people in technology that the world has ever seen right here with us.”

Trump was accompanied by the presidential advisers, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The US President highlighted that the “government needs to catch up with the technology revolution”.

He said, “Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens.”

The meeting was attended by the pioneers of technology arena, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Oracle’s Safra Catz and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet.

It is noteworthy here that the tycoons of Silicon Valley who have been openly skeptical of the President’s policies, especially regarding climate change and immigration.

Founder of Apple, Cook said vocational training programmes and immigrants were keys to revitalising the economy, adding that schools should also include coding as a compulsory subject.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos that better vocational training must be developed and it was “impossible to overstate” the magnitude of artificial intelligence.

Most of the executives of the leading tech company had distanced themselves from Trump during his election campaign.

Moreover, the giants of Silicon Valley also opposed Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change.


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