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Trump Makes DNC Joke as Technology Leaders Visit White House

When President Donald Trump convened the first meeting of his American Technology Council on Monday, most of the talk was about the future.

But Trump could not resist one joke looking back at the past.

Tom Leighton, the CEO of Akamai, was explaining that his company could protect government websites from hackers.

The DNC could have used you,” Trump chimed in, drawing laughter as he referred to the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee that laid bare the fact that DNC leaders were giving preference to Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Trump addressed the CEOs from various technology companies that were gathered for the meeting.

“We have approximately $3.5 trillion of market value in this room — but that’s almost the exact number that we’ve created since my election,” Trump said, getting more laughs. “In fact, I think we have you beat by a little bit, which is a pretty good number. But I congratulate you all. Done an amazing job. Thank you for lending your time and your talent to the American people.”

Trump said that protecting the government from hackers is one of his main tasks.

“Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens, stronger protection from cyberattacks — which we were just discussing in the Oval Office with a little bit smaller group. That’s a big problem, there’s no question about it. We’re going to be working on it and we’re going to solve the problem — and up to a trillion dollars in savings for taxpayers over the next 10 years. Over a trillion,” he said.

Trump noted that his plans to make aggressive changes using technology are exemplified in his effort to privatize the air traffic control system.

“… with all of the billions and billions of dollars that have been spent on planes flying all in the wrong directions — we’re getting a change. They’ve spent many billions of dollars, and we are getting that whole system fixed. Money wasted over the last six or seven years — billions,” Trump said.

The business leaders agreed change was necessary.

“The U.S. should have the most modern government in the world. Today it doesn’t,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“Our systems are in some cases 10 to 20 years out of date,” said Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft executive and assistant to Trump. “So we’re not going to fix that in one day. But we want to start now. And this day will be a significant one in terms of generating ideas and potential solutions to the problems.”

Trump said he views upgrading how the government uses technology as part of a broad spectrum of innovation.

“Fifty years ago, our government drove the innovation that inspired the world and put Americans on the Moon,” Trump said. “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. And most of them are just nodding as I say that. They’re actually agreeing with me!”

He continued: “Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution. We’re going to change that with the help of great American businesses like the people assembled.”

Trump added that “America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect.”