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Tech CEOs to visit White House

Tech CEOs to visit White House

Kushner is often seen standing beside Trump in the Oval Office or climbing the steps of Marine One but rarely heard beyond the corridors of power in Washington. And this time the tensions leading up to the meeting are even greater.

This will be the first event for a technology-focused group within the White House Office of American Innovation, which seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. Another question deals with machine learning and artificial intelligence (MLAI), asking CEOs to discuss how MLAI can be integrated into government services in the future.

Trump is expected to stop by the meeting, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET. Its goal: "coordinate the vision, strategy, and direction" and "advice to the president related to policy decisions" regarding the federal government's use of information technology.

Kushner says the CEOS are working on some of the country's biggest challenges. "The question is, how much does the president bring up issues that are more controversial, or do the executives?"

Led by Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Microsoft CFO Chris Liddell, the summit will be attended by the leaders of technology heavyweights Alphabet, Apple, and Amazon. Axios was first to report on Cook's agenda for the meeting. "America's more important than bloody politics from my point of view". CEOs in that session will be asked to address the question, "How can the H-1B visa program be modified to ensure that visas are issued to the highest-skilled and highest-paid workers, while also eliminating examples of the program's abuse?"

Kushner said that while he had been warned that government change could be slow, he has found "exactly the opposite" and praised the "talented civil servants" he is working with. That meeting was widely panned as a photo opp for Trump, and some of the executives came under fire for their participation. Of the executives slated to attend today's meeting, only venture capitalist Peter Thiel has been a vocal Trump supporter. The President, who serves as chairman of the council, is expected to appear during a session at the end of the day; Vice President Mike Pence will participate in sessions throughout the day. Musk quit two of Trump's business advisory councils earlier this month after the president's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement.


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