The Government Still Uses Floppy Disks - Trump Wants To Change That

Apple Amazon CEOs to White House as Kushner initiative gets underway

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"I personally believe that, outside of the issues discussed at this meeting, the policies of the Trump administration are risky and harmful to the American public".

While his public speaking has been limited at best, Kushner has been busy with an expansive policy portfolio, charged with modernizing government and leading an effort to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

The tech entrepreneur also urged the United States government to use machine learning and artificial intelligence "in every way and at every level" to drive down tech costs.

Venture capitalist John Doerr asked for the government to open up its databases to private firms, saying it would transform health care.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, and Special Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump were also in attendance. He gave the example of the Pentagon still using floppy disks in legacy systems.

Also missing at the meeting was Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who recently quit Trump's economic advisory council after Trump chose to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord - a move that many tech executives criticised. Among those attending included Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, who castigated Trump for his travel ban and the US withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty. Silicon Valley has never exactly been a hotbed of Trump support. In 2014, the former president created the U.S.

The meeting with almost 20 chief executives comes as the White House pushes to shrink government, cut federal employees and eliminate regulations.

Jared Kushner, son-in-law to President Trump and top White House advisor, spoke in front of technology CEO's while addressing the government's outdated IT infrastructure.

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".

The White House will spend more time this month focusing on various tech-related themes, with upcoming meetings dedicated to driverless cars, drones, investments in emerging tech and 5G wireless technology.

"Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver dramatically better services to the citizens [and] stronger protection from cyberattacks", Trump said in opening remarks.

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