Jared Kushner speaks in public. And Washington takes notice


Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to Trump, welcomed the technology executives, calling them "a very impressive group of leaders from the private sector" being put to work "on some of the country's biggest challenges that will make a very meaningful difference to a lot of its citizens".

18 of the founding members of the council will attend the meeting, but two figures will be noticeably absent: Tesla and SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk, and the former CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick.

Among the other attendees at the event were Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Palantir CEO Alex Karp.

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Like the Obama administration, Trump's White House has been looking for ways to use technology to streamline government and supercharge its features for citizens.

But not the USA government.

Ivanka Trump participates in an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House.

Noticeably absent from White House was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Other individuals and groups invited to events at tech week have also declined to attend, citing scheduling conflicts, BuzzFeed reporter Ryan Mac noted on Twitter. Spicer added that it was "pretty telling", despite differences numerous CEOs have with Trump, that the administration was able to bring them together "to further the president's agenda and to bring ideas to the table".

In February of previous year, he called for a boycott on Apple products after the company declined to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a backdoor into the San Bernardino shooter's encrypted iPhone.

"I think it's pretty telling that the President brings these kind of people together", Spicer said, after being questioned about Alphabet Executive Eric Schmidt's support of Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonGOP fires opening attack on Dem reportedly running for Heller's Senate seat Trump seeks tech's help for government IT overhaul What do Democrats stand for? But many in the tech industry appear to disagree, particularly rank-and-file employees who have called for strong public denunciations of the administration's climate-change stance. It is only logical to expect that such a meeting will lead to a necessary discussion about some of the most controversial decisions by this administration.

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". "On this weeks agenda are things like a meeting on drones, scheduled for Thursday and additional tech reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs to be discussed on Friday".

Kushner and Greenblatt helped orchestrate Trump's May 22-23 visit to Jerusalem, where he met with Netayahu, and to Bethlehem in the West Bank, where he met with Abbas.

Interestingly, Cook also spoke about the importance of migration to the country - I cannot image that going own well with Trump - and the need for better encryption policies.

Trump met with execs at 5 p.m. after several hours of workshops on cybersecurity, cloud computing and the recruitment of talent from the private sector, according to the day's prepared agenda.