Tim Cook, Tech CEOs and Top Republicans Attend Secretive Meeting About Donald Trump

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Tim Cook attended American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum this past weekend in Georgia alongside Google CEO Larry Page, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, and other tech leaders, according to a new report from The Huffington Post. Top Republican officials, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton also attended, with the main topic of conversation revolving around Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.


    Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and political commentator, wrote in an emailed report that much of the conference was haunted by "the specter of Donald Trump," with many attendees unhappy about his emergence and discussing how he gained his support.
    Some sources familiar with the meetings told The Huffington Post that the meeting centered more around how and why Trump has attracted support rather than how to stop him. The meeting included a presentation by Republican political consultant Karl Rove about focus group findings on Trump.

    While Trump took up much of the conversation, the discussion eventually turned to encryption. Cook and Cotton "fiercely debated" cell phone encryption, and one source tells The Huffington Post that "Cotton was pretty harsh on Cook." Cotton's aggressiveness was reportedly hostile enough to make other attendees uncomfortable.

    Since Apple and the FBI began their duel over encryption, Trump has criticized the company for its decision to oppose a court order to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. The Presidential candidate has said that Apple should unlock the phone and called for a boycott on Apple products until the company complies, despite using an iPhone to tweet.

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  2. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    I can see Puget Sound from here
    I love reading all about the "secret" meetings of the Bilderbergs, the Trilateral Commission, and the Illuminati on PSRI. I wonder if they discussed Dormant Cyber Pathogens?
  3. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    Um, you might want to fix your headline. This was not a secret Donald Drumpf meeting. This is a yearly event that Tim Cook has attended in the past.
  4. Crosscreek macrumors 68020


    Nov 19, 2013
    My conspiracy theory is that the tech elitist are getting together to run Robby the Robot as a third party candidate.
    He meets the criteria of over 35 years old and born in America.
  5. chriscrk macrumors 6502


    Nov 14, 2011
    I don't agree with Trump and his policies, but I find it interesting the lengths to which important people are going in order to stop him from being president.

    He may not be fit to be president, but at the end of the day it's a democracy and people are supporting him.
  6. macintologist macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
  7. sza macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2010
    Just disclose what happened exactly and make it transparent.
  8. 4God macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2005
    My Mac
    Not only is this going to be a hot topic for some time but I think will ramp up further until November. Unsettling times...
  9. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    This is where I hope some of Job's DNA got into Cook .

  10. bladerunner2000 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2015
    Americans elected George W. Bush, TWICE. Trump isn't the president Americans need, he's a president they deserve.
  11. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    Exactly what happened in 1924 with the Democrats splitting up. It is well needed in the Republican party today.
  12. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    UCD, Ireland
    Hitler was democratically elected by a landslide.

    Sometimes the people have no idea what's good for them.
  13. Peace macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier

    ummmm...America elected Bush ONCE. The United States Supreme Court gave Bush his second term.
  14. maxsix macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    Yet he most likely has a distinct lack of Muslim / #BLM content.
  15. FakeWozniak macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    Apple should stay out of the politics, IMO.
    Likely half of America will be irritated.
  16. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Austin, TX
    Just imagine for a moment Donald Drumpf having the power to unlock every iPhone users' phones after becoming Commander in Chief and Chief Executive of the FBI... ::shutter::
    --- Post Merged, Mar 7, 2016 ---
    Also, wrong. Bush's first term was given by the SCOTUS.
  17. bladerunner2000 macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2015
    Even if it was once, that's still embarrassing.
  18. briloronmacrumo macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2008
    Yes, and this salient fact seems to be lost on folks like Mitt Romney. Fact is the GOP needs to plan to honor the will of the voters.
  19. pat500000 macrumors 68040


    Jun 3, 2015
    This is more of a secret vote rather than secret meeting. Even Victoria got a secret! Geez.

    Was the meeting encrypted too as well?
  20. Mac 128 macrumors 68040

    Mac 128

    Apr 16, 2015
    The real tragedy is that the Republican party has created this mess themselves, by failing to fund the single most important aspect of the success of any country -- education of their children. Trump's primary audience are the "poorly educated". It's no wonder he loves them. And it's the quality of education received I'd question in those supporters who have college degrees and above. At this point they've made their bed by keeping their constituency in the dark, from questioning their overall agendas. And now they are paying the price for a poorly educated support base who are growing frustrated by following their anointed leaders into the abyss of unregulated banks and other failures of government.
  21. Denmac1 macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2007
    Lost in Space
    "Danger, Will Robinson"
  22. Bill Killer macrumors 6502

    Dec 29, 2011
    No. This is not a democracy, and the primaries are not an election. If the party sees him as a danger, then it is fully within their rights to make every attempt to stop him.
  23. developer13245 macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2012
    Trump is the most likely to shut down the H-1B cheap tech labor source because he is not in their pocket like Hillary and the rest. Glad these oligarchs are running scared.
  24. cmichaelb macrumors 68020


    Aug 6, 2008
    What? He was not. He was appointed chancellor by President Hindenburg after his party made significant gains in the Reichstag. After that, it became a one party system.
  25. JohnGrey macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2012
    Cincinnati Metro
    Don't delude yourself into thinking that this is merely a tantrum by the unwashed masses. That sort of hubris is what has led to Trump's popular support and the situation that both the GOP and the Democrats find themselves today. However you may feel about his policies and rhetoric, the support that Trump has comes from an ultimately logical place: that to see any sort of change in the DC shell game, they calculate a greater probability that someone from outside the machine, despite having no political experience, will enact better policies for their benefit than any candidate within the establishment because, after four decades of failed promises, they recognise that that's their only recourse.

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