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Biggest names in tech head to the White House

Top executives from the tech industry are coming to the White House on Monday for meetings aimed at updating federal computer systems, part of a push to save money, guard against cyberattacks and make government websites easier to use.

Kushner spoke Monday about efforts to update how the federal government functions, addressing fellow members of the Trump administration and business leaders, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple CEO Tim Cook threw a fundraiser for Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton previous year.

President Donald Trump is holding a meeting with tech CEOs regarding the different challenges confronting the United States.

During a conference call Friday, White House officials said they saw an "economic opportunity" to cut $1 trillion in technology related costs over the next decade by improving IT. He said Trump's decision to withdraw from the accord was "wrong for our planet".

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will not participate.

The White House official insisted that there has been "virtually no fallback" from Trump's Paris Agreement decision.

He said the administration was scrapping unneeded cyber compliance rules and should be able to consolidate and eliminate the vast majority of the government's 6,100 data centers and move to a cloud-based storage system.

But the questions CEOs will be asked to explore in the "Future Trends" session involve some of the most sophisticated technology being developed right now - and clearly fall into the category of "exciting". For example, "How can else can UAS be integrated into our operations to provide the highest quality government services?" Schmidt also criticized the President's travel ban, as "discriminatory and anti-globalization" and his policy on H-1B visas. The main agenda, at least on paper: talk through ways to modernize the government's technology infrastructure.

The CEOs and White House also planned to discuss Trump's review announced in April of the USA visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country.

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.


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