*From:* George Condon [mailto:email@example.com]
*Sent:* Monday, June 19, 2017 6:55 PM
*Subject:* Pool Report #3
The president entered the State Dining Room at 5:23 p.m. Already there were the technology leaders, academics and a handful of administration officials. Thirty-seven were seated at the tables that formed a square, with a seat left open for the president right under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln over the fireplace. Seated on each side of the president were Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Tim Cook of Apple.
You got the list of participants in the earlier supplemental pool report. It is added again at the end of this report in case there were any changes during the day.
As always as Pool Report #1 reminded us remember to check the specific quotes against the official transcript. Here is what the president said to launch the session once he had delivered the sad news on Otto Warmbier:
I want to thank you all for being here, special people. I am really thrilled to welcome many of you for the first time, and certainly the first time meeting as the American Technology Council. We are joined by an incredible group of leaders on the absolute cutting edge of innovation, including many CEOs of the worlds most successful businesses. We have approximately $3.5 trillion dollars of market value in this room. But that is almost the exact number we have created since my election. In fact, I think we have you beat by a little bit, which is a pretty good number. But I congratulate you all on an amazing job.
Thank you for lending your time and your talent to the American people. A lot of ideas have come out of the room today and a lot of idea will over the next short period of time.
I also want to welcome Secretary Mnuchin, Secretary Kelly, Administrator Verma and my budget director Mick Mulvaney. Thank you all for a great job. I want to thank Jared and Chris, Chris Lavelle, for assembling such a spectacular group of people. They are working, very hard. I want to thank Ivanka for working so hard on it, its a real passion. Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal governments 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. Its a big problem, no question about it. Were going to be working hard and were going to solve the problem. And up to a trillion dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next ten years. Over a trillion. Were embracing big change, bold thinking and outsider perspectives to transform government and make it the way it should be and at far less cost.
My administration has already taken very historic steps to modernize critical IT systems and make government more transparent. As an example, youre seeing what were doing with the airports with all the billions and billions of dollars that have been spent on planes flying all in the wrong directions. We are getting it changed. We have spent many billions of dollars and we are getting that whole system fixed. Money wasted over the last six or seven years. Billions.
VA Secretary Shulkin recently announced that were upgrading technology to allow the seamless transfer of veterans medical records from the Defense Department, which has been a huge problem for decades and decades for our great veterans. Well have it fixed very soon, but it has been a problem for many, many decades. Across government we are fixing problems in months that others have not fixed in many, many years. And we are just getting started.
Fifty years ago, our government drove the innovation that inspired the world and put Americans on the moon. 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 in this room. And most of them are just nodding as I say that. They are actually agreeing with me. That is interesting, Eric, right?
Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution. Were going to change that with the help of great American businesses like the people assembled. The businesses represented here today employ hundreds of thousands of American workers. Your innovation has shaped the modern world and created millions of jobs. America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect. And we are going to start a big edge again in technology, such an important industry.
I view it from the standpoint of jobs and other things. You view it somewhat differently. But we are all in the same ballpark. It is so important, so important. My administration is embracing a new spirit of innovation that will make life better for all Americans. And when it comes to what we are here for today, American technology, we are working very diligently with everybody, including Congress, on immigration so that you can get the people you want in your companies. And its been a tremendous problem that youve had over the past long period of time. So were working very hard on that and well be able to solve that problem. I want to thank everybody in the room for lending your time again.
At that, he had the participants go around the room and make brief comments. Tim Cook began. He thanked the president for the dialogue and stressed how important an agenda it is modernizing technology. Secondly, he mentioned job skills; third, increasing American competitiveness and fourth, immigration policies. When he concluded, the president suggested to laughter that the rest of the participants keep it shorter. At that Jeff Bezos of Amazon talked of using commercial technology wherever possible, stressed the need to figure out ways to retrain workers and said it was impossible to overstate the importance of artificial intelligence. Then, Rafael Reif, president of MIT, talked of the need for innovation. He was one of the few you drew a response from the president, who noted that one of his uncles had been a longtime professor at MIT and had given him great respect for the institution.
The others struck similar themes. Safra Catz of Oracle was particularly effusive, thanking the president for an absolutely wonderful day working together. Peter Thiel, who spoke at the GOP convention in Cleveland, praised the work being done, telling the president your administration is doing very well. Tim Cook, the last speaker heard by your pool, he urged the president to think of the governments customers. The government should be focused on its citizens, he said. He encouraged him to ask his Cabinet to tell him how they are measuring success. He lamented what he called a huge deficit in the skills we need today. Coding, he said, should be in every school
On an unrelated note, we got a travel/photo lid at 6:48 p.m.
Here is the full list of participants, courtesy of the White House:
President Donald J. Trump
Vice President Mike Pence
Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to the President
Ivanka Trump, Assistant to the President
Chris Liddell, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Reed Cordish, Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives
Gary Cohn, Director of National Economic Council
Dina Powell, Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives
Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor to the President for Policy
General McMaster, National Security Advisor
TomBossert, Homeland Security Advisor
StevenMnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury
General Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security
MickMulvaney, Director of Office of Management and Budget
Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce
SeemaVerma, Administrator for Medicare and Medicaid Services
AjayBanga, CEO MasterCard
Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO
SafraCatz, Oracle Co-Chief Executive
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
PatGelsinger, VMware CEO
BrianKrzanich, Intel CEO
Tom Leighton, Akamai CEO
Bill McDermott, SAP CEO
StevenMollenkopf, Qualcomm CEO
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO
Shantanu Narayen, Adobe CEO
GinniRometty, IBM CEO
Eric Schmidt, Alphabet Executive Chairman
Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO
Peter Thiel Founders Fund
_Presidents of Universities_
Michael Drake, President of Ohio State University
CarolFolt, Chancellor of University of North Carolina
RafaelReif, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology