Of course this will make it easier for spooks and hackers to snuffle but at the moment that some Pentagon legacy systems still rely on floppy disks which makes the material hard for hackers to read. A Facebook spokesperson told Axios that the social media company did receive an invite but declined due to "prior scheduling conflicts".
He is now the Director of the Office of American Innovation, an office created by Trump and his administration.
Cook brought up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, a controversial Obama-era program that allows children who entered the country illegally to stay in the USA, according to The New York Times' Maggie Haberman.
"We will foster a new set of start-ups focused on gov tech and be a leader in the field making government more transparent and responsive to citizens' needs", he added.
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The decision represents a victory for President Donald Trump in the biggest legal controversy of his young presidency. He was a federal judge, and had no involvement in the formulation or roll out of the travel policy.
CEOs from firms such as Adobe, Akamai, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Palantir, and Qualcomm were in attendance, along with investors such as Peter Thiel, who was one of the few Silicon Valley execs to show support for Trump during his presidential campaign. "America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect, and we are going to start our big edge again in technology - such an important industry".
"We have approximately $3.5 trillion of market value in this room - but that's nearly the exact number that we've created since my election", he said to laughter from the attendees, which shows what sort of brown-nosing is going on at this event. Although Cook is scheduled to attend today's meeting, he is not a member of the council.
"I think it's pretty telling that the president brings these kind of people together", he said.
For his part, Cook has said he plans to use the meeting as an opportunity to push back against the president's stance on the so-called Muslim immigration ban and to lobby for stronger data encryption.
White House officials said they did not face any reluctance from the tech sector to participate in the event, Reuters reports. The White House believes these measures could save up to $1tn over 10 years. "But on the other side, this is the most business-friendly administration since Eisenhower and is much more open than any administration to influence on the spot".
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