Jared Kushner speaks at tech event

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, made some of his first public remarks since joining the administration when he spoke Monday at an event for the American Technology Council. Its members will dive straight into a broad range of issues, meant to develop new best practices for government regarding its use of information technology. Who knew that Big Data could be so hard? He said there was "a lot of room for optimization in the federal government". "It's working and it's very exciting".

Technology CEOS are expected at the White House Monday for an event focused on modernizing government.

While almost all of the group will be in attendance, there are a few faces that will not be seen in Washington. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is not on the list.

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. I'm not on a council, so I don't have those kind of decisions.

The executives in attendance also included Safra Catz, Co-Chief Executive of Oracle; Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir; Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai; Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP; Steven Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm; Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; and Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM.


Benioff was also among the cascade of CEOs that panned Trump's decision, but like the majority chose to stay on the council.

Cook is reportedly slated to attend a session called "H-1B/immigration".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the tech executives are attending the meeting to help the administration "make a more efficient, effective government". Kalanick is also on a leave of absence from Uber.

Uber confirmed to CNN that Kalanick had no plans to participate in the summit. 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.

The council was created via executive order last month.

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