Mon, June 19, 2017: Trump meets with tech leaders to talk about modernizing government’s technology

Six months after top tech CEOs met with President Trump for the first time, they came back for round two. And this time the tensions leading up to the meeting are even greater.

The CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google’s parent company Alphabet joined more than a dozen other tech leaders for the first meeting of the American Technology Council on Monday.

The group met with Trump and other members of his administration throughout the day. The main agenda, at least on paper: talk through ways to modernize the government’s technology infrastructure. Continue reading “Mon, June 19, 2017: Trump meets with tech leaders to talk about modernizing government’s technology”

Mon, June 19, 2017: Trump meets with Panama President Juan Carlos

Panama's President Juan Carlos Varela (L) talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S. June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump declared the Panama Canal is “doing quite well” during a bilateral meeting with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela Monday, praising the handiwork that built the waterway while discussing relations between the two countries.

“We have many things to discuss,” said Trump in an Oval Office seated next to Varela. “We’re going to spend quite a bit of time today. The Panama Canal is doing quite well, I think we did a good job building it.”

Turning to his counterpart, Trump asked “Right?”

“One hundred years ago,” Varela responded. Continue reading “Mon, June 19, 2017: Trump meets with Panama President Juan Carlos”

Thur, June 29, 2017: Trump promotes plan for American ‘energy dominance’

President Trump is formally seeking a review of energy policies to help the nuclear power industry prosper.

Trump announced the review during a speech at the Energy Department’s headquarters, which came as part of the administration’s Energy Week celebration.

“The golden era of American energy is now underway. And I’ll go a step further: the golden era of America is now underway, believe me,” Trump told the fossil fuel industry executives, workers, lawmakers and others assembled.

“Our country is blessed with true energy abundance, which we didn’t know of even five years ago and certainly 10 years ago,” he continued

“With these incredible resources, my administration will seek not only the American energy independence that we’ve been looking for so long, but American energy dominance.”

“Energy dominance” has been the theme of the Energy Week events. To the administration, it means boosting production of domestic fossil fuels and other energy so that the United States can export them and use them for geopolitical purposes, like reducing the influence of other major energy superpowers.

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Mon, June 19, 2017: Trump meets with president of Panama, tech leaders

In the morning, Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing.

He and First Lady Melania Trump will then welcome President Juan Carlos Varela and Mrs. Varela of Panama.

Later in the morning, the president will meet with President Varela and the two will then have a working luncheon.

In the afternoon, he will participate in an American Technology Council roundtable and reception.