Hear Jared Kushner Speak in a Rare Public Appearance

Trump's American Technology Council

The White House said expected attendees include Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

President Donald Trump summoned his technology A-team to the White House on Monday for the first meeting of the American Technology Council, continuing the delicate relationship between his administration and Silicon Valley. In a statement the White House said that these withdrawals had not affected the meeting and it will still take place.

He added that the federal government's problems are "more than simply technical".

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, made some of his first public remarks since joining the administration when he spoke Monday at an event for the American Technology Council. CEO Satya Nadella are expected to attend and spend hours in small working groups before.

But while neither Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg nor COO Sheryl Sandberg is expected to be at the meeting, most of the invited leaders are apparently attending despite their policy differences - if primarily out of self-interest. The federal government is a large customer for some of the companies and a potential regulator for all.

He recently announced that he would be taking a leave of absence from the company, following the results of multiple probes into Uber's work culture and the sudden death of his mother. "If you don't show up, I think that's the worst scenario", Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC in May.

Chris Liddell, the White House director of strategic initiatives and a former top executive for General Motors, Microsoft, International Paper and William Morris Endeavor, was named by Trump as director of the council. They are discussing issues like technology infrastructure, cyber security and visas for foreign workers. In 2015, hackers exposed the personal information of 22 million people from US government databases. Most recently, the tech industry criticized Trump over his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.

In a document outlining the working-group sessions, the White House said the federal government should require "making it easy for agencies to use the cloud".

The White House thinks it can learn from credit card companies about significantly reducing fraud.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration was focusing on technology this week.



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