Donald Trump to meet with tech CEOs on government overhaul


Even though Mr Kushner has taken on significant tasks at the White House, such as helping to pave the way for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, he is a man of few public words - a sharp contrast to his wife and first daughter Ivanka Trump, who has led roundtables discussions and often gives television interviews. Kushner sounded like a teenage boy who is in way over his head while addressing a technology summit at the White House. The Trump administration, said Kushner, is looking to make sure government services are taking advantage of new technology, providing value to taxpayers that will extend beyond the administration's time in office.

After listing examples of backward technology in government, such as the Pentagon's use of floppy disks, he said their main goal is to improve the day-to-day lives of average citizens.

Other officials meeting in 10 small group sessions with the executives included Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

"Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before".

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and other major CEOs from the tech industry are meeting today with United States president Donald Trump and other U.S. officials.

Others attending include Alphabet Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Chairman John Doerr and the CEOs of Microsoft Corp International Business Machines Corp, Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Oracle Corp and Adobe Systems Inc.

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

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.

"We're working very diligently with everybody, including Congress, on immigration so that you can get the people you want in your companies", the president said.

The council also seeks to boost the cyber security of USA government IT systems and wants to learn from private-sector practices.

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

Following Trump's June 1 decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accords, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger stepped down from White House advisory panels.