The White House on Monday urged technology CEOs to pitch in on President Donald Trump’s effort to modernize government. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were among those attending an afternoon of working groups on technology issues. (June 19)

WASHINGTON — President Trump and leaders of major U.S. tech companies remain at odds on immigration and climate change, but they met Monday at the White House to work on a joint project: Using technology to make government more efficient.

“Today, many of our agencies rely on painfully outdated technology, and yet, we have the greatest people in technology that the world has ever seen right here with us in this room,” Trump told his guests, kicking off what aides have dubbed a “technology week” of events focused on innovation in the government. The overhaul could save taxpayers over $1 trillion, he claimed.

“Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution,” he said.

This was the inaugural meeting of Trump’s American Technology Council, a group of tech leaders and administration officials committed to modernizing government information technology and digital services.

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Trump’s guests at the White House included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

Noticeably absent was Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was invited, but could not attend the meeting due to scheduling conflicts, said a person familiar with the matter who was not…