Silicon Valley and Tech CEOs urged to join Trump initiative

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Technology CEOs are being urged by White House officials to pitch in on President Donald Trump's effort to modernize government. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

Technology CEOs are being urged by White House officials to pitch in on President Donald Trump's effort to modernize government, which seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner welcomed technology executives to the White House on Monday for an afternoon of working groups. They discussed issues like technology infrastructure, cyber security and visas for foreign workers.

Kushner oversaw the event with Chris Liddell, a White House aide who directs the technology effort.
Kushner says the CEOS are working on some of the country's biggest challenges.

Those who attended include Apple CEO Tim Cook and the executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, Eric Schmidt. Also on hand was Trump's daughter and Kushner's wife, senior presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.

The gathering is the first event for a technology-focused effort within the White House Office of American Innovation.

It comes after some technology executives clashed with Trump over his decision to exit the Paris climate accord. Leaders at Apple and Google were among the American corporate executives who appealed to the president to stay in the pact.

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