Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner on Monday delivered a speech at the White House about analyzing and auditing infrastructure.

While tech leaders - or their companies - have spoken out against some Trump policies, including withdrawing the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement and a travel ban that was later overturned, it was still a full house for Monday's meeting, where Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos were among those in attendance. This comes as the White House looks to reduce government spending across all sectors and federal agencies.

What exactly Jared Kushner's voice sounds like has been somewhat of a mystery for some time now. In December, then-president-elect had invited executives to a roundtable discussion at Trump Tower.

But despite the surface similarities between the two sessions, the events surrounding them have changed considerably in the interim.

Although Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg had joined other tech executives in a December meeting with Trump in NY, she will not be in attendance.

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, center, listens as Ivanka. Of the executives slated to attend today's meeting, only venture capitalist Peter Thiel has been a vocal Trump supporter.

However, only one of the major tech companies opted not to attend Monday's White House meeting: Facebook was invited, but made a decision to sit this one out, according to a Recode report. "More recently, Tesla CEO Elon Musk quit his role as a White House business adviser after Trump abandoned the Paris climate accord", Overly continues.

For his part, Cook has said he plans to use the meeting as an opportunity to push back against the president's stance on the so-called Muslim immigration ban and to lobby for stronger data encryption. Axios was first to report on Cook's agenda for the meeting. And there is potential to use the day's meetings to broach more sensitive subjects, according to attendees and those who work with tech companies on government issues.

He added that the federal government's problems are "more than simply technical". Kushner and the Office of American Innovation are looking for input from top minds in the field.

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