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He's previously said that there was an Apple employee temporarily stuck overseas when the ban was first enacted.

Of course this will make it easier for spooks and hackers to snuffle but at the moment that some Pentagon legacy systems still rely on floppy disks which makes the material hard for hackers to read.

In remarks to kick off the event, Kushner said he hopes the technology council will work to update American systems.

In May, Trump asked lawmakers to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in a budget that also boosted spending on defense.

US President Donald Trump has criticised the federal government technology as "painfully outdated" during a meeting with the heads of major tech companies including Apple, Microsoft and Amazon.

"We are here to improve the day-to-day lives of the average citizen", Mr. Kushner said. President Trump is scheduled to join them in the afternoon, and Vice President Mike Pence may reportedly also be there for part of the day.

One source who works with tech companies on policy issues stressed there continues to be issues like modernizing government where tech and Trump can find common ground even as they disagree on others.

Chris Liddell, a White House aide who directs the technology effort, said the executives would participate in a series of working groups, concluding with a session with Trump.

One of the greatest mysteries in the matryoshka doll of mysteries that is the Trump administration was finally solved on Monday: Jared Kushner spoke. In 2015, the USA government made at least 7,000 separate IT investments and some agencies were using systems that had components at least 50 years old. 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.

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) (NASDAQ: GOOG) is also attending the meeting.

Earlier this year, Cook criticized Trump's executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

"Bezos added: "[We must] continue to work hard and figure out ways to retrain and upskill workers all over the United States".

The White House wants to improve technology across government agencies.

"President Trump has made it clear that working toward achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians is a top priority for him", the White House official said.