Apple CEO Tim Cook urges Trump to show more compassion on immigration

"We have approximately $3.5 trillion of market value in this room - but that's nearly the exact number that we've created since my election", he said to laughter from the attendees, which shows what sort of brown-nosing is going on at this event. He gave the example of the Pentagon still using floppy disks in legacy systems. The Trump administration, said Kushner, is looking to make sure government services are taking advantage of new technology, providing value to taxpayers that will extend beyond the administration's time in office. Trump on Monday cited estimates that the government could save up to $1 trillion over 10 years through such measures.

CEOs from firms such as Adobe, Akamai, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Palantir, and Qualcomm were in attendance, along with investors such as Peter Thiel, who was one of the few Silicon Valley execs to show support for Trump during his presidential campaign.

"We are here to improve the day-to-day lives of the average citizen", Mr. Kushner said. They are expected to discuss different issues including shrinking the government, reducing federal employees, improving government services, and eliminating regulations among others.

Kushner did not, however, discuss recent reports that he is mulling whether to change-up his legal team in the face of investigation into the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation.

The meeting was also notable for who didn't attend.

Trump said that the goal of the meetings is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver dramatically better services for citizens.

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"We are working very diligently - everybody, including Congress - on immigration so that you can get the people you want in your companies", Trump said.

The usually media-shy Jared Kushner opened his mouth and spoke before cameras for his first public remarks since joining the Trump administration in January.

Much of the agenda for Monday's meeting involves seeking ways for the Trump administration to adopt best practices from the private sector, including finding opportunities to recruit talented individuals to join the government.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk left two of Trump's advisory councils earlier this month after the president announced that he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration was focusing on technology this week.

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