Tim Cook explains why he joined Trump's tech summit

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, took to the company's internal info service to answer some questions, asked by employees, on Monday. And, among the many good questions, there was one that we all wanted to know the answer of.

Tim Cook has been against Donald Trump's election ever since his campaign first started, but he still joined the President-elect's tech summit last week. And Apple employees must have wondered why, considering what popped up on Apple's internal info service.

“Last week you joined other tech leaders to meet President-elect Donald Trump. How important is it for Apple to engage with governments?” the question read. And Cook addressed it in detail, explaining his reasoning.

“It's very important [to engage],” Cook wrote. “Governments can affect our ability to do what we do. They can affect it in positive ways and they can affect in not so positive ways.” Judging by the tone of the statement, we'd say that Cook still doesn't approve of The Donald's election, but he's looking for ways to work with it.

Apple's CEO continued by defining the company's focus, when it comes to government policies.

All of the areas of focus Cook mentioned are ones that he and the President-elect have very different opinions on. So, we can only assume that the Apple executive will continue to oppose Trump in these areas if he sticks to his campaign statements.

“The way you influence these issues is to be in the arena,” Cook said. He believes that engaging with governments is extremely important, both when you agree and disagree with their policies, “because you don't change things by just yelling. You change things by showing everyone why your way is the best.”

We have to agree that being on the sidelines will not pay any dividends for Apple, Google or any tech company out there. We have yet to see if engaging will actually pay off, though. In the meantime, you can read Cook's entire statement below.


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