Jared Kushner speaks publicly for first time since the election


Kushner, the son of a real estate magnate, has no experience in either technology or government, and is also shouldering the responsibility for running the president's Middle East peace initiative.

In May, Trump created an American Technology Council, his latest effort since taking office to modernize the USA government.

"Many of our federal systems are decades old with our ten oldest being between 39 and 56 years old", Kushner said. That's a core promise and we are keeping it.

After a day of meetings with those and other tech executives at the White House, Trump admitted the feds had to "catch up" with the private sector: He said federal agencies had to deliver "dramatically better services to citizens", for example, while buying cheaper, better technology and adopting "stronger protections from cyberattacks".

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law, said before the opening of 10 four-hour small-group sessions that the administration wanted to "unleash the creativity of the private sector to provide citizen services in a way that has never happened before".

Kushner spoke of the need to modernize government IT systems to create huge savings and "meaningfully improve the lives of Americans".

Tech CEOs met with President Trump on Monday. His father in law talked him up in a big way, and what we got was the equivalent of the son in law who gets a call when dad can't figure out how the TV remote works.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Oracle's Safra Catz and Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, were among the attendees at the meeting.

Kushner's short speech discussed bringing the government's infrastructure up to date and also piled some blame on the Obama and Bush administrations.

Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America, said that although she doesn't agree with most of the Trump administration's policies, she attended the summit to shed light on IT issues that are often ignored, and because the American Technology Council's (ATeC) work so far has been "on the right track".

The most powerful people in the technology industry, including the CEOs of Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon, attended a series of meetings at the White House on Monday.

This will be the first event for a technology-focused group within the White House Office of American Innovation, which seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

Tesla founder Elon Musk and Disney's Robert Iger, both quit Trump's high-powered business advisory panel a few weeks ago, after the president pulled the USA out of the Paris climate accord.