Tech CEOs to Visit White House; Kushner Speaks

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Also on the council's agenda: modernizing the government's technology infrastructure and keeping its computers safe from cyber attacks.

Appearing at an event at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, a massive, outdated facility that sits next to the White House, Kushner recounted the obsolete systems used by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

President Donald Trump is holding a meeting with tech CEOs regarding the different challenges confronting the United States. IBM was prominent last week during the White House's push for apprenticeships.

An administration official said leaders from 18 companies are expected to attend, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Founders Fund's Peter Thiel and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet.

"Despite 16 years of failed efforts, the Trump administration got it done in less than five months", Kushner bragged. But we have to start now. "And this day will be a significant one in terms of generating ideas and potential solutions to the problems".

"Immigration visas are certainly going to be a big topic of discussion", said Tracy Chadwell with the venture capital firm, 1843 Capital.

Kushner is often seen standing beside Trump in the Oval Office or climbing the steps of Marine One but rarely heard beyond the corridors of power in Washington. Several of the executives attending today's event also attended a similar meeting Trump held in December in advance of his inauguration.

While tech leaders - or their companies - have spoken out against some Trump policies, including withdrawing the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement and a travel ban that was later overturned, it was still a full house for Monday's meeting, where Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were among those in attendance.

When asked about this issue on a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official who was involved with organizing Monday's event said there was "virtually no fallback" from the president's climate decision.

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