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Report: Trump Discusses Emerging Tech With Telecom, UAS Company Execs

President Donald Trump met with venture capitalists and leaders of telecommunications and unmanned aerial systems companies to discuss how the government can help industry bring emerging technologies to market, Reuters reported Thursday.

The meeting included executives of AT&T, General Electric, PrecisionHawk, Kespry, AirMap, Airspace, Measure UAS, Trumbull Unmanned, Verizon Communications and CenturyLink, among others, the report noted.

The president said he aims to give companies the “competitive advantage” they need as well as help industry create new companies and jobs.

UAS vendors told Trump that the government should approve a broader commercial use of drones.

On Monday, Trump also convened business leaders of 18 technology firms including Amazon, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe Systems, Alphabet and Apple to talk about ways to optimize government computing systems.

Trump is slated to meet energy industry executives next week as part of an effort to gain industry leaders’ perspective on ways to increase U.S. competitiveness in various fields.

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