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Apple’s Cook to Meet with Trump Amid Criticism of U.S., Capitulation to China

In a move that surprised many, Apple CEO Tim Cook dined with Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron at Trump’s first state dinner at the White House Tuesday.

By NTK Staff | 04.25.2018 @12:00pm
Apple’s Cook to Meet with Trump Amid Criticism of U.S., Capitulation to China

Apple CEO Tim Cook, a frequent Trump critic, attended President Trump’s first state dinner at the White House Tuesday, an event that welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron.

Cook, who sat directly beside Macron’s wife, Brigitte, attended the event with Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, who formerly served in the Obama administration. Jackson is perhaps best known in this White House as the Apple employee who trashed Trump to an Australian publication late last year.

“I think our leadership — American leadership in the world — remains important and will be missed,” she told news.com.au in November.

Cook himself is no shrinking violet when it comes to criticizing Trump and U.S. policies. He’s routinely and publicly admonished the Trump administration for policies in which he disagrees with the president: immigration, the transgender troop ban, and the Paris Climate Accords, to name a few.

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning about his scheduled meeting with Cook:

Foreign trade could very well be a tricky topic for Cook, who engineered Apple’s massive deportation of U.S. jobs to China in the mid-2000s. Today, Apple supports 4.8 million jobs in China, more than double the company’s U.S. total.

In recent months, Cook has been roundly criticized for appeasing restrictive policies put in place by the authoritarian Chinese government.

In December, Apple announced it would adhere to a new Chinese law that demanded data centers containing Chinese citizens’ cloud data be stored in China. That policy, in effect, handed over massive amounts of private citizens’ data to that country’s government.

Earlier in 2017, Apple removed all virtual private network (VPN) services from its China app store. VPNs were essentially the only way Chinese citizens could maneuver around the government-imposed “Great Firewall” that prevents users in the authoritarian country from accessing the full, free internet.

Cook’s capitulation to wrong-headed Chinese policies, coupled with his criticism of Trump and U.S. policies, could make for an awkward meeting between the two men Wednesday afternoon.

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