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Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

In opening remarks, Kushner told the group that initial efforts to modernize the government's technology infrastructure were "working and it's very exciting", according to press pool reports.

President Donald Trump Monday met with 18 of the world's most prominent tech executives for the first of the American Technology Council meetings, calling for them to help improve government use of technology. According to the White House, the council's goal is "to explore how to transform and modernize government information technology". Recode notes that the White House will host another tech meeting this week focused on emerging trends in technology, such as drones, Internet of Things and 5G wireless.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner welcomes technology company leaders to a summit of the American Technology Council at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S. June 19, 2017.

The executives are part of the so-called American Technology Council that Trump formed in May to support efforts to modernize the USA government.

Also on hand was Trump's daughter and Kushner's wife, senior presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.

Numerous tech executives are eager to get White House help in dealing with regulatory and other policy issues such as visas for highly skilled workers. He signed a separate order in March to overhaul the federal government and tapped Kushner to lead a White House Office of American Innovation to leverage business ideas and potentially privatize some government functions.




The White House is seeking to shrink government, reduce the federal workforce and eliminate regulations.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, outgoing General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and Apple's Cook all condemned the move.

Topics for discussion also include the United States work visa program.

For his part, Cook has said he plans to use the meeting as an opportunity to push back against the president's stance on the so-called Muslim immigration ban and to lobby for stronger data encryption. In 2015, hackers exposed the personal information of 22 million people from USA government databases.

Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, said before the sessions began that the administration wanted to "unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before". He resigned from two of Trump's other advisory councils after the Paris climate decision.


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