Apple, Microsoft, Google, others, meet Trump on government overhaul

US President Donald Trump, in the thick of all kinds of investigations at home, has managed to create leverage in the the Middle East, but it is the type of leverage that needs to be used quickly, before it dissolves. 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.

In a White House full of loud voices, the powerful senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump tends to keep his mouth shut.

The meeting with almost 20 chief executives comes as the White House pushes to shrink government, cut federal employees and eliminate regulations. IBM was prominent last week during the White House's push for apprenticeships.

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.

The goal of the council, which includes 18 leadership officials from various agencies, is to "transform and modernize" federal IT and provide the president with tech policy advice, according to the executive order establishing the council.

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The main agenda, at least on paper: talk through ways to modernize the government's technology infrastructure. Some technology executives have clashed with Trump over his decision to exit the Paris climate accord.

According to a White House statement, the meeting covered "10 working sessions over four hours focused on citizen services, cloud computing, analytics, cybersecurity, big data, purchasing and contract reform, talent recruitment and retraining, government and private sector partnerships, H1-B visas and future trends". Facebook (FB.O) CEO Mark Zuckerberg was invited but could not attend because of a conflict, the company said. Mastercard Inc (MA.N) CEO Ajay Banga said his company wanted to assist with cyber security issues.

Though the CEOs from Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Oracle, Abobbe.

A 2016 U.S. Government Accountability Office report estimated the U.S. government spent more than $80 billion in IT annually, excluding classified operations. In 2015, there were at least 7,000 separate IT investments by the USA government and some agencies were using systems that had components at least 50 years old. He declined to join the interview, but when asked if he enjoyed their late-night walks on the Washington Mall, Kushner said: "Beautiful".

So Washington took notice Monday when Kushner presided over a White House meeting of technology executives and actually took the microphone.

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