The Trump administration, which has sometimes been tense in relationships with high-tech companies, will meet with top tech executives next week to discuss innovation and future jobs. Several companies were there, and a White House representative said Thursday.
Expected Leaders include Microsoft Corp.'s Satya Nadella, Alphabetar's Sundar Pichai, Qualcomm Inc.'s Steven Mollenkopf, and a White House officer Safra Catz. Others have been invited but not yet confirmed that they will attend the roundtables.
Microsoft and Oracle have separately confirmed that they will attend. The sessions will focus on future technology-related jobs, the White House official said.
President Donald Trump has faced many disputes with technology companies since taking office, including his allegations without proof of bias by Google, Facebook Inc, and Twitter Inc of Alphabet, and the attempt to silence people.
"I think Google and Facebook and Twitter treat Conservatives and Republicans very unfairly," Trump told reporters in the White House in August.
Next week, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing with Pichai to discuss Republicans' allegations of bias against conservatives ̵
The roundtable next Thursday will see the participation of Steve Schwarzman, Chief Executive Officer of the Blackstone Group LP, and Carnegie Mellon University President Farnam Jahanian.
The White House refused an immediate statement. Blackstone declined to comment and Carnegie Mellon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
White House Advisor Larry Kudlow said in early October that the administration is working on a meeting with tech companies.
"We will hold a small conference – the president will preside – we will have big internet companies, big social media companies and search companies," Kudlow said back then. He assumed, "some who are dissatisfied with these companies".
In June 2017, Trump met with the heads of 18 US technology companies, including Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft, to seek their help to make the government's computer systems more efficient.