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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 3:44 PM

Kushner kicked off the White House "Technology Week" as portion of the administration'south ongoing efforts to create progress on campaign promises. The event was hosted by the White House Office of American Innovation and the American Technology Council, which is led by Kushner.

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In scarce public remarks, President Trump'south son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, welcomed top technology company executives for a brainstorming session at the White House on Monday.

Kushner kicked off the White House "Technology Week" as portion of the administration'south ongoing efforts to create progress on campaign promises.

The event was hosted by the White House Office of American Innovation and the American Technology Council, which is led by Kushner.

Monday'south event was billed as a brainstorming session to assistance modernize the federal government'south technology infrastructure and, according to Kushner, assistance bring "business sensibility" to the government.

"Many warned me bureaucracy would resist any modify we tried to implement. So distant I've found precisely the opposite," said Kushner. He added, "The goal is ordinary here, to make better the day-to-day lives of average citizens. That'south a core promise and we're keeping it."

Technology giants love Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty were on hand to assistance "work on the country'south biggest challenges."

Kushner applauded the work already done by some agencies to modernize decades-old federal systems by making the government "more transparent and responsive to citizens needs," including Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's work in emotional the agency to electronic health records. Shulkin said the VA would adopt a commercial product used by the Pentagon, portion of an effort to make better care for veterans and reduce wait times for medical appointments.

"Despite sixteen years of failed efforts, the Trump administration got it done in less than five months," Kushner bragged.

He added that the federal government'south problems are "more than simply technical."

"By modernizing systems, we'll meaningfully make better the lives of Americans," Kushner predicted.

Kushner'south remarks arrive amid scrutiny over his financial ties to the Russian government and meetings he held in December with Russia'south ambassador. Kushner is also reportedly considering a new lawyer to represent him in the federal investigation into Russian meddling of the two thousand sixteen election. His current lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller worked at the same firm before Mueller was named special counsel.

  • Russia investigation identifies White House official as person of interest

Kushner is presently expected to leave for the Center East after Monday'south events, traveling to Jerusalem and Ramallah to assistance advance peace talks in the region. He'south scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian boss Mahmoud Abbas to speak about following steps in negotiating peace.

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