White House to host tech CEOs next week

Technology executives are scheduled to convene at the White House next week for a roundtable on innovation, a source familiar with the plan confirmed to The Hill.

The CEOs of Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Oracle and Blackstone are all expected to attend Thursday's meeting, the source said, leaving open the possibility that other executives might join.
 
The Wall Street Journal first reported on plans for the meeting.
 
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The gathering will focus on innovation, with an emphasis on technologies like the next-generation wireless networks known as 5G and how to keep the U.S. competitive.
 
It will come a day after Google CEO Sundar Pichai is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee over accusations from congressional Republicans that his company and other Silicon Valley firms suppress conservative speech online.

The White House told the Journal that the roundtable will focus on “bold, transformational ideas” that “can help ensure U.S. leadership in industries of the future.”

It’s unclear whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE will attend the meeting. He has repeatedly lashed out at Google and other tech giants, accusing them of anti-conservative bias and questioning whether they are violating antitrust laws.
 
Updated at 6:29 p.m.