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Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and other tech execs are heading to the White House this month

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Some of the biggest players in tech are preparing for a trip to the White House.

Bloomberg is reporting that the first meeting of a council intended to “transform and modernize” government digital services is scheduled for later in June, and attendees are set to include the CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, and IBM.

The American Technology Council is one of the projects of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. An all-star line-up has reportedly been confirmed, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google parent company Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

The summit is reportedly scheduled for June 19.

The tech industry as a whole has an uneasy relationship with Trump, having overwhelmingly opposed his candidacy before his shock election win in 2016. Trump directly attacked the industry on a number of fronts, including Apple’s use of overseas labor to build phones and its privacy stance and Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post and with promises to overhaul the American visa system heavily relied on by US tech companies.

While Trump was president-elect in December 2016, numerous high-profile executives (including Cook, Bezos, and Google’s Larry Page) met with Trump and his team at Trump Tower in New York City. But since taking office, Trump has been directly criticized by tech execs on numerous matters, including his attempts to impose a ban on immigration from some majority-Muslim countries and his withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

“I know many of you share my disappointment with the White House’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement,” Cook wrote in a memo to Apple employees in early June. “I spoke with President Trump on Tuesday and tried to persuade him to keep the U.S. in the agreement. But it wasn’t enough.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, meanwhile, left Trump’s advisory council after the Paris decision was made public.

Representatives for Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider.

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