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Apple, Microsoft, IBM execs to attend White House summit: report

Top executives from Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle and IBM are planning to attend an upcoming White House summit with technology leaders, Bloomberg reports

The summit, set to take place later this month, will be the inaugural meeting of the American Tech Council - a new advisory group President Trump established in an executive order May 1 that is led by Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law.

One of the group's expressed goals is to "coordinate advice to the President related to policy decisions and processes regarding the Federal Government's use of information technology." The group is also expected to address cloud computing.

The list of planned attendees includes Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, according to Bloomberg. Facebook has also reportedly been invited to send a representative to the meeting.

Trump caused consternation among many of the meeting's reported attendees at the end of May when he announced his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, saying that he wanted a "better deal."

Cook said that he tried to convince Trump not to drop the U.S. from the climate agreement, to no avail. Other tech CEOs, such as Google's Sundar Pichai, and companies like Amazon expressed displeasure with Trump's move.

Trump previously met with technology CEOs in December, prior to his inauguration, where they reportedly discussed immigration, jobs and trade.

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