Apple CEO Tim Cook was one of the prominent tech luminaries who, after first supporting Hillary Clinton during the campaign period, decided to accept Donald Trump's invitation to the tech summit. Cook had told his employees that the company believes in moving forward and cannot afford to be on the sidelines. Now, after Friday's executive order that restricts immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Cook has again sent a note to his staff.
"It is not a policy we support" - Apple CEO Tim Cook
In his message to employees, Tim Cook notes that he is concerned about President Trump's executive order and that the company doesn't support this policy. Cook further said that he was aware that many of Apple employees are directly affected by the executive order and the company's HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with such employees. "Apple will do everything we can to support them," he emphasized.
After his election victory, President Trump has spoken to Tim Cook at least twice, along with having a private meeting with him following the tech summit at the Trump Tower. Trump is focusing on pushing Apple to bring more jobs to the US, while Cook has also extended his support in the form of a $1 billion investment in SoftBank's Vision Fund.
"Apple would not exist without immigration," Cook said. Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, was the son of a Syrian immigrant. In his note, Cook also added that he has made his views clear to the officials in Washington that he protests this executive order.
The complete note is reproduced below (emphasis is ours):
In my conversations with officials here in Washington this week, I’ve made it clear that Apple believes deeply in the importance of immigration — both to our company and to our nation’s future. Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.
I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.
There are employees at Apple who are directly affected by yesterday’s immigration order. Our HR, Legal and Security teams are in contact with them, and Apple will do everything we can to support them. We’re providing resources on AppleWeb for anyone with questions or concerns about immigration policies. And we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.
As I’ve said many times, diversity makes our team stronger. And if there’s one thing I know about the people at Apple, it’s the depth of our empathy and support for one another. It’s as important now as it’s ever been, and it will not weaken one bit. I know I can count on all of you to make sure everyone at Apple feels welcome, respected and valued.
Apple is open. Open to everyone, no matter where they come from, which language they speak, who they love or how they worship. Our employees represent the finest talent in the world, and our team hails from every corner of the globe.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, ‘We may have all come on different ships, but we are in the same boat now.’