Almost 100 major technology companies – including Facebook, LinkedIn and Intel – also opposed the administration’s travel ban in February.
Technology CEOS are expected at the White House Monday for an event focused on modernizing government.
Prior to the meeting, the administration sought to downplay tensions between Silicon Valley and the White House.
“The U.S. should have the most modern government in the world, and today it doesn’t”, he said, predicting that the tech innovations made in the Trump administration would pay back immensely in the future.
In the chaotic months since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, few figures in his administration have seemed as enigmatic as Jared Kushner.
A who’s-who of technology names planned to attend, including Microsoft Corp. Others, including Oracle chief executive Safra Catz and Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel, praised Trump effusively.
Kicking off the White House’s series of events dubbed “Technology Week”, the American Technology Council, chaired by President Donald Trump and headed by former Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell, convened 17 high-profile tech executives in the West Wing on June 19. Greenblatt will arrive on Monday and Kushner is set to land on Wednesday, a White House official told NBC News.
A 2016 US Government Accountability Office report estimated the US government spent more than $80 billion in IT annually, excluding classified operations. Kushner announced that the Trump administration has already succeeded in merging the electronic medical records systems of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.
“Together we will unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before”.
Also on the council’s agenda: modernizing the government’s technology infrastructure and keeping its computers safe from cyber attacks.
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) is also attending the meeting.
Some of the Tech CEOs attending the meeting include Tim Cook of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), who outspokenly in criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement to fight climate change and travel ban on immigrants. from several major Muslim countries. The members of the council include Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, the secretary of Defense, the secretary of Commerce, the secretary of Homeland Security, the director of national intelligence, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the US chief technology officer. Both officials are listed as members of the American Technology Council.
Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook, who has castigated Trump for his travel ban and the United States withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty, responded with praise for Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is leading the administration’s technology sector outreach.