Jared Kushner Welcomes Top Tech Executives to White House


While tech leaders - or their companies - have spoken out against some Trump policies, including withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement and a travel ban that was later overturned, it was still a full house for Monday's meeting, where Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were among those in attendance.

On June 19 and June 22, C-suite executives will gather under the aegis of a new White House division, the Office of American Innovation, which is led by Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner (a target in the Russian election meddling investigation) and charged with "implementing policies and scaling proven private-sector models to spur job creation and innovation".

"Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to modernize the USA government", said Kushner. He said that the 10 oldest systems are between 39 and 56 years old, adding that the Pentagon uses floppy disks in some cases.

"Despite 16 years of failed efforts, the Trump Administration got it done in 5 months", Kushner said of unifying VA and DOD records systems.

President Donald Trump will meet with executives from 18 tech businesses Monday about the federal government's information technology infrastructure, a summit that includes leaders of the nation's tech titans and also less prominent but still well-known tech players - like Dell Technologies Inc.

Chris Liddell, a White House aide who directs the technology effort, said the executives would participate in a series of working groups, concluding with a session with Trump. White House officials said the dispute had little impact and that they had to turn away tech leaders from Monday's event because of lack of space.

"The government should be focused on its citizens, and the services of the government should be measured on how pleased the citizens are with receiving its services", he said.

The council, founded on May 1, intends to "transform and modernize" federal government.

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President Trump has given Kushner a wide range of responsibilities in the White House, ranging from bringing peace to the Middle East, to solving the opioid crisis, to reorganizing the entire executive branch of the United States government.

Kushner did not, however, discuss recent reports that he is mulling whether to change-up his legal team in the face of investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation.

The meeting marks the second time Trump will have met with some of the country's most influential technology CEOs. The main agenda, at least on paper: talk through ways to modernize the government's technology infrastructure.

In addition, Trump hasn't filled several top technology positions within the federal government, including those of chief technology officer and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

"Our goal here is simple".

The White House thinks it can learn from credit card companies about significantly reducing fraud.

The officials also were to hold a discussion on the H-1B visa program, which Trump has pledged to scale back despite the objections from Silicon Valley.