Jared Kushner Actually Has A Voice

Posted June 20, 2017

Top executives from the tech industry are coming to the White House on Monday for meetings aimed at updating federal computer systems, part of a push to save money, guard against cyberattacks and make government websites easier to use.

Joining Cook in Washington are Alphabet Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Chairman John Doerr and the leaders of Microsoft Corp, IBM Corp, Mastercard Inc., Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Oracle Corp, and Adobe Systems Inc., among others.

Apple CEO Tim Cook will likely address issues like immigration and encryption Monday during his White House meeting for "Technology Week", Axios reported. The group is expected to meet for several hours and bring their conclusions to Trump for discussion.

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President Donald Trump is holding a meeting with tech CEOs regarding the different challenges confronting the United States.

About 18 CEOs - also including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos - and two-dozen more business experts are expected to attend the event, and help offer insight about how the government's information technology systems could be updated and modernized. "Tech giants also know a powerful White House contingent has concerns about Silicon Valley's increasing wealth and control over consumers' data, so they need to maintain a dialogue".

The meeting will be hosted by the new White House Office of American Innovation, which is headed by President Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the American Technology Council.

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The White House official insisted that there has been "virtually no fallback" from Trump's Paris Agreement decision.

Tesla founder Elon Musk and Disney's Robert Iger, both quit Trump's high-powered business advisory panel a few weeks ago, after the president pulled the US out of the Paris climate accord. The federal government is a large customer for some of the companies and a potential regulator for all.

Kushner said government working together with the private sector would "provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before". CEOs in that session will be asked to address the question, "How can the H-1B visa program be modified to ensure that visas are issued to the highest-skilled and highest-paid workers, while also eliminating examples of the program's abuse?"

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