Tech CEOs meet with Trump on government overhaul

"Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution", Trump told a cast of industry leaders, including Microsoft Corp.

The heads of Silicon Valley's largest companies are gathering at the White House today for the inaugural meeting of the new American Technology Council. According to the White House, the council's goal is "to explore how to transform and modernize government information technology".

Greenblatt is scheduled to arrive in the Middle East on Monday, while Kushner will reach on Wednesday, according to the White House official, who detailed the trip on the condition of anonymity.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner welcomes technology company leaders to a summit of the American Technology Council at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, U.S. June 19, 2017. Participants will "collaboratively develop ideas for how government can operate like a modern technology enterprise" on issues ranging from cybersecurity and procurement to cloud strategy and better user-interfaces for public services.

The meeting is part of the American Technology Council, a group formed by executive order in May to help government agencies modernize their digital services.

Kushner will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu in Jerusalem and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah as a Trump envoy, along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to the President and special representative for global negotiations, the official told The Washington Post on Sunday night.

Numerous tech executives are eager to get White House help in dealing with regulatory and other policy issues such as visas for highly skilled workers.

A who's who of technology names is expected to attend, including Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, CEO Jeff Bezos, Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.

The White House thinks it can learn from credit card companies about significantly reducing fraud.

The CEOs and White House also planned to discuss Trump's review announced in April of the US visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country.

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

After Trump announced he would exit the Paris Agreement, Musk tweeted that he would be resigning from his positions on the president's advisory councils.