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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25 Comments

1. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

cause he was invited?

20. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Cause he wanted something: 'And we’d like intellectual property reform to try to stop the people suing when they don’t do anything as a company.' Then this should apply to the owners of the RIGHTS of music, moves, books ....and so on. Stop suing when they don’t do anything as a authors. Hope Tim Cook will fight this not to exist to. Not just hypocrisy.

2. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

That is smart. Totally unrelated, but i feel like those people who have been affected by trump (minorities), should work with him to make things better. I am black and i feel like it is totally wrong that most people of my race are still hating this dude even when he is the president.

3. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Please stop watching and reading fake news souce like cnn, nyt,cnbc,msnbc,Washington post.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And especially Fox News, Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, Allen West, Sean Hannity...the worst perpetrators .

5. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Awww poor buttercup snowflake is mad

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He's always salty.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not even a little bit. I'm laughing my ass off watching Trump put Goldman Sachs executives and the entire swamp he was going to drain right into his administration, while he backs off from nearly every promise he made. You snowflakes got conned, and it's hilarious.

6. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

So basically you're trying to say that all Russian propaganda news source must be boycotted. Hmm seems legit.lol

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

to be fair they were the only ones predicting a trump victory...

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm black as well, and although I don't hate him in the least, I don't support that jerk either. Race shouldn't matter as a marker for not supporting Trump, it's his crap character, and messed up agenda that should matter.

9. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

The article didn't mentioned anything what jerks like you are bithing about but still you fool wants to attack him unnecessarily.anyways Merry christmas dark . https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ssiPmFIgoRM

10. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm black and I despise the guy. I'll be working to get him defeated in 2020.

11. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

I feel pitty for you then ,because till then all voter fraud enablers like illegal alien would be deported. He will be re-elected on 2020. Maga#

12. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Stop peddling conspiracy theories. Can you name someone who voted illegally?

17. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

I hate when fools bring up politics. Politifact is a liberal leaning fact checking service. Let's look at the simple fact that Detroit turned up more votes than voters in 37% of precincts...in a city where Clinton got 95% of the vote. Now let's scale that to other inner city areas where Clinton performed as well. Do you get it now? You should.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Politico is a fact checking site and they list their sources if you want to verify the information yourself. There were 780 overvotes in Detroit. 250 precincts had overvotes. 150 had undervotes and another 300 balanced out or had an explanation for the discrepancy. Most precincts that had overvotes were off by three votes .

21. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Can you please provide me a link to your information? The hypocrisy here is that you don't believe anything the "liberal media" tells you so you rely on Fox News, Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, Allen West, Sean Hannity, or some other conservative website for your sources, in which, are not credible whatsoever.

29. Acdc1a

Posts: 473; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Tough to search Google for the Detroit News and Free Press articles isn't it?

14. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

you mean the way some whites gave Obama a chance

15. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

you mean the way some whites gave Obama a chance

16. Hotzb22

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

edit.

18. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'And we’d like intellectual property reform to try to stop the people suing when they don’t do anything as a company.' Then this should apply to the owners of the RIGHTS of music, moves, books ....and so on. Not suing when they don’t do anything as a authors. Hope Tim Cook will fight this not to exist to. Not just hypocrisy.

22. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Trump is a train wreck, but you don't just stand there watching. I'm glad Tim is getting involved.

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