After President Trump's controversial "two sides" statement, business owners and CEOs made a beeline to withdraw their membership from the Trump administration's advisory groups, effectively dissolving an economic forum and a manufacturing forum.
The American Technology Council, however, will remain unaffected, and go "full steam ahead on its work", said a White House official in a statement.
All members of the technology council are government employees and none of them are from the private industry, says a report by NBC.
The White House official also said that, "The council will continue to occasionally consult with the private sector on specific issue areas," like improving the government's cybersecurity.
However, tech CEOs are yet to make any statement on whether or not they will engage with the council in future. It is reported that as of now, there are no meetings or summits scheduled with the tech industry. A few of them, however, have made it clear that they do not support bigotry in their own way through tweets and emails.
Tech CEOs like Satya Nadella, Tim Cook, and Jeff Bezos attended a summit held in June as part of the formation of the American Technology Council and 18 CEOs from the tech industry were present, but none of them are official members of the council, noted the report.
When the summit was held in June this year, Trump said that, "Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens." The executive order that formed this forum had 19 members, none of whom were CEOs or part of any private organisation.
Members of the American Technology Council
- The President, who shall serve as Chairman
- The Vice President
- The Secretary of Defense
- The Secretary of Commerce
- The Secretary of Homeland Security
- The Director of National Intelligence
- The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
- The Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
- The U.S. Chief Technology Officer
- The Administrator of General Services
- The Senior Advisor to the President
- The Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives
- The Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives
- The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
- The Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
- The Administrator of the U.S. Digital Service
- The Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government (Federal Chief Information Officer)
- The Commissioner of the Technology Transformation Service
- The Director of the American Technology Council (Director)
Two councils created by executive orders earlier this year were dissolved on 16 August after the president's controversial statements allegedly triggered the exit of a few key members, including the heads of 3M, Merck, Intel, and AFL-CIO. The president announced news of it on Twitter.