Trump taps Michael Kratsios to be administration's first chief technology officer

Trump taps Michael Kratsios to be administration's first chief technology officer
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE announced Thursday that he would nominate Michael Kratsios to serve as the country's chief technology officer, a role that has remained vacant since the beginning of the Trump administration.

Kratsios has served as deputy U.S. chief technology officer and as deputy assistant to the president for technology policy since January 2017.

Kratsios, 32, is well-connected in the field after having worked as chief of staff at Thiel Capital, an investment management firm, before joining Trump’s transition team, Bloomberg reported.

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He has played a key role in the administration's policies on 5G, national broadband, drones and artificial intelligence, according to a White House announcement.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty praised Kratsios's nomination as “great news,” adding that the nominee is “strengthening America’s leadership in technologies like quantum computing and artificial intelligence.”

Aneesh Chopra, who served as the nation’s first chief technology officer under former President Obama, said he had hope for Kratsios's nomination, adding, "I’ve had no conversations with him that make me think he’s partisan."