You would cry too if it happened to you
On Monday, the world’s most powerful tech leaders joined Donald Trump at the White House to discuss bringing the government’s technology up to speed. Among the attendees were several high-profile CEOs, including Tim Cook from Apple, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO who recently acquired Whole Foods. Missing from the meetings was Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who dropped out of Trump’s advisory councils after he announced his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
In an opening statement for the tech summit, Trump said, “Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver dramatically better services to the citizens [and] stronger protection from cyber attacks.” However, according to CNN, at least a few tech leaders planned to bring up more sensitive topics than hacking. Cook, for instance, had immigration, veterans’ affairs, and human rights on the agenda.
“This is not a decision I have made lightly,” Code for America Founder Jennifer Pahlka wrote in a Medium post before attending the summit on Monday. “I personally believe that, outside of the issues discussed at this meeting, the policies of the Trump administration are dangerous and harmful to the American public, and that the administration has shown a frightening disregard for the principles and values of government, public service, and the rule of law.”
It wasn’t all fun and games during these meetings, which ran throughout the day. When pictures surfaced of several attendees looking exceptionally miserable, Twitter users couldn’t help but chime in.
Maybe for the next tech summit, these CEOs will consider hiring a tiny violin player to really drive home that sinking-Titanic vibe.