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Tim Cook and Other Tech Leaders Head to the White House

Kushner kicked off the White House "Technology Week" as part of the administration's ongoing efforts to make progress on campaign promises.

The umbrella issue for the daylong conference is the federal governments antiquated IT systems.

President Trump's son-in-law delivered remarks on camera at a summit that brought leaders in the tech industry to the White House on Monday.

Several top Silicon Valley executives including Apple's Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos from Amazon, Microsoft's Satya Nadella - and more are headed to the White House today for the first meeting of the American Technology Council.

More than a dozen Trump administration officials including Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Kushner and Liddell will hold group sessions with the chief executives before they jointly meet with Trump. The federal government is a large customer for some of the companies and a potential regulator for all. Facebook FB.O CEO Mark Zuckerberg was invited but could not attend because of a conflict, the company said. What's more, a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office said some agencies rely on programming language from the 1950s and "obsolete" parts. "This structure is unsustainable", Kushner said.




Kushner said government working together with the private sector would "provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before". They are discussing issues like technology infrastructure, cyber security and visas for foreign workers.

Cook told Apple employees that the company does not support the travel ban in January, and tried to persuade the President to remain in the Paris Agreement this month.

The council also seeks to boost the cyber security of US government IT systems and wants to learn from private-sector practices. A 2016 government audit found that in Medicaid alone, there was $29 billion in fraud in a single year.

The event comes after some technology executives clashed with Trump over his decision to exit the Paris climate accord.

Spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday announced that Kushner would soon go to the Middle East on the latest peace drive, meeting leaders Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmud Abbas.

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