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26 June 2017

Cook brought up the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, a controversial Obama-era program that allows children who entered the country illegally to stay in the USA, according to The New York Times' Maggie Haberman.

A bunch of tech CEOs attended a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Its objective is to help modernize the federal government's technology.

Also missing at the meeting was Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who recently quit Trump's economic advisory council after Trump chose to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord.

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So when Kushner addressed leaders gathered in the nation's capital for the first American Technology Council meeting, bringing together leading names in technology to plan how to innovate government technology, many people heard Kushner's voice for the first time. But none of the executives criticized the president in public sessions, and Trump projected a jovial mood, touting the gains in technology stocks since he took office and expressing confidence his administration would overcome such long-running challenges as modernizing the air traffic system.

During the meeting Monday, photographer Chip Somodevilla captured this candid shot of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos looking less than happy to be there.

"Government needs to catch up with the technology revolution", he said. "America should be the global leader in government technology just as we are in every other aspect, and we are going to start our big edge again in technology - such an important industry".

More meetings are scheduled during the White House's "tech week", including one that will cover drones this Thursday and the announcement of "additional tech reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday".

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His idea is to consolidate most of the government's costly 6,100 data centres onto the cloud.

The Guardian reported the CEOs used the meeting to push their company's agenda. Apple's Tim Cook wanted coding to be made a requirement in schools.

Executives who attended the summit included IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty, Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Qualcomm's Steven Mollenkopf and Peter Thiel of the Founders Fund. Elon Musk [bottom row, left], founder and CEO of Tesla and Space X, announced on Twitter: "Am departing presidential councils". Most recently, the industry leaders condemned the president's decision to withdraw the US from an global climate agreement. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and International Business Machines Corp.

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