Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

"Some liked the decision, some didn't like the decision, but they see a bigger relationship and they've been very happy with the level of dialogue that comes out of this White House, and with the president", the official said. In a statement the White House said that these withdrawals had not affected the meeting and it will still take place.

Among his many other responsibilities, Kushner was tapped to lead "a SWAT team of strategic consultants" who are tasked with bringing business ideas to the federal government.

Leading the effort in the White House is Jared Kushner, who runs the newly created White House Office of American Innovation, and Chris Liddell, a former Microsoft executive and current assistant to President Trump.

Top executives from the tech industry are coming to the White House on Monday for meetings aimed at updating federal computer systems, part of a push to save money, guard against cyberattacks and make government websites easier to use.

"It turns out that federal agencies collectively operate 6,100 data centers, the vast majority of which can be consolidated and migrated to the Cloud, something a lot of you know a lot about", Kushner said.

The US government spends more than $80 billion on IT annually, excluding classified operations, according to a 2016 US Government Accountability Office report cited by Reuters.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, outgoing General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and Apple's Cook all condemned the move. "It's working and it's really exciting".

The H-1B visa program, another issue on Monday's agenda, is also a top concern for Silicon Valley and its workers.

The council also seeks to boost the cyber security of USA government IT systems and wants to learn from private-sector practices.

The White House thinks it can learn from credit card companies about significantly reducing fraud. Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord was also widely criticized by tech executives, with some withdrawing from advisory positions as a result.

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