Big Names Descend on White House for Trump's Technology Summit

"Our goal here is simple", Kushner said in discussing the Council. He also noted that some Pentagon legacy systems still rely on floppy disks.

Last month, the President formed the American Technology Council, which is spearheaded by Kushner. On immigration, Trump said he would help tech companies get the talent they needed.

MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga (L) speaks with Ivanka Trump as tech company leaders gather at a summit of the American Technology Council at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington on June 19, 2017.

"We have challenged ourselves to pursue change, empower interagency teams", Kushner said.

During his election campaign, Trump had little support from Silicon Valley, with most leading tech company executives distancing themselves from the Republican candidate.

"Americans deserve better digital services from their government", read the order.

Technology CEOS are expected at the White House Monday for an event focused on modernizing government.

After a day of meetings with those and other tech executives at the White House, Trump admitted the feds had to "catch up" with the private sector: He said federal agencies had to deliver "dramatically better services to citizens", for example, while buying cheaper, better technology and adopting "stronger protections from cyberattacks".

Heading the White House effort are Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser who leads the newly created White House Office of American Innovation; and Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft executive and now an assistant to the president.

Kushner personally intervened on a recent arms deal with Saudi Arabia ahead of Trump's visit to the kingdom.

The event Monday was part of a larger gathering between USA officials and tech leaders focused on using technology to improve government services, modernize outdated IT systems and improve efficiency.

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) is also attending the meeting.

This is the second time executives like Cook and Bezos have met in this kind of setting with Trump.

According to Reuters, Cook was anxious to raise the topic of immigration, with both the CEOs and the White House planning to discuss Trump's review of the U.S. visa programme for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country.

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

Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner made his first public remarks since entering 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk quit two of Trump's advisory councils after the president's Paris climate decision. When asked about Trump's earlier criticisms of the program, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump "is going into this meeting to listen".

  • Wendy Palmer