"We will work with individuals, regardless of what their past political beliefs are, to further the President's agenda and to bring ideas to the table". Officials said they believe there is alignment between the administration and technology CEOs on H-1Bs but want to hear more.
Still, Silicon Valley's wariness of the Trump administration prompted some in the industry to say that the day-long series of flashy CEO workshops was mostly for show - and no substitute for simply doing the work.
The aim of the day, laid out in a ten-point document given to attendees in advance, is to help government streamline services and bureaucracy using technological solutions.More news: European court rules in favor of Russian gay activists
Others attending include Alphabet Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Chairman John Doerr and the CEOs of Microsoft Corp International Business Machines Corp, Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc, Oracle Corp and Adobe Systems Inc.
Kushner and one of Trump's national security advisers, Jason Greenblatt, will be in Jerusalem and Ramallah to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and, separately, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and their senior advisers. Tesla CEO Elon Musk left two of Trump's advisory councils earlier this month after the president announced that he would pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement.
PHOTO, TOP: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in an American Technology Council roundtable, accompanied by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (L) and Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft Corporation at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 19, 2017. Almost 100 major technology companies - including Facebook, LinkedIn and Intel - also opposed the administration's travel ban in February.
Silicon Valley has never exactly been a hotbed of Trump support.More news: Grenfell Tower families to receive minimum of £5500 from No 10
The White House thinks it can take lessons from credit card companies in significantly reducing fraud. The government has more than 6,000 data centers and spends $86 billion a year on technology, figures that are "orders of magnitude" higher than the private-market equivalents, Liddell said.
Trump administration officials in attendance included Mike Pence, Steve Mnuchin andWilbur Ross.
The umbrella issue for the daylong conference is the federal governments antiquated IT systems.More news: UCLA School of Law's Supreme Court clinic wins landmark trademark case
The meeting was the first of the American Technology Council, a group of tech CEOs whose goal is modernizing the government's "technology infrastructure". Apple CEO Tim Cook threw a fundraiser for Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton previous year.
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