Tim Cook to Attend Donald Trump's Tech Summit on Wednesday

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is among a small group of tech leaders who plan to attend President-elect Donald Trump's reported tech summit at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Wednesday, according to Recode.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook and President-elect Donald Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

    Other attendees will allegedly include the CEOs of Google parent company Alphabet, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Intel, and Oracle. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was also invited, and he is likely to attend, the report noted. Bloomberg later confirmed Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt will be in attendance.

    There could be a few other attendees, as invites reportedly continued to be sent by Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and presidential transition team adviser and tech investor Peter Thiel late into the week.

    A handful of tech leaders have reportedly declined the invitation, as the report noted some of the technology companies and executives disagree with Trump on a myriad of key issues, ranging from encryption to immigration reform.
    In addition, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has reportedly sent mixed signals about being invited or not. Reports are similarly conflicting about whether Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will be in attendance.

    o Apple CEO Tim Cook
    o Alphabet CEO Larry Page
    o Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt
    o Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg
    o Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
    o Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins
    o IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
    o Intel CEO Brian Krzanich
    o Oracle CEO Safra Catz
    o Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (Likely)
    Not Attending
    o Uber CEO Travis Kalanick
    o Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky
    o Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
    o Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff
    o Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield
    o Dropbox CEO Drew Houston
    o HP CEO Meg Whitman
    o Mark Cuban

    The topics to be discussed at the roundtable meeting were not disclosed, but Trump has previously expressed his desires to reform the corporate tax code, reduce regulation, and negotiate better trade deals with other countries.

    Trump previously said he plans to offer Apple a "very large tax cut" alongside "substantial regulation cuts" that will incentivize the iPhone maker to manufacture its products in the United States, rather than in China and other overseas countries.

    "We're going to get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries," said Trump, while campaigning at Liberty University in Virginia earlier this year.

    Apple did reportedly ask its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Foxconn to study the possibility of moving iPhone production to the United States, although Foxconn chairman Terry Gou was said to be less enthusiastic about the idea due to inevitably higher production costs compared to China.

    Meanwhile, Trump called for an Apple boycott after the company refused to comply with a court order to unlock the iPhone used by shooter Syed Farook in the San Bernardino attack last December. The FBI later dropped its lawsuit against Apple after reportedly turning to Israeli company Cellebrite to crack the iPhone.

    Trump said Cook congratulated him on winning the election, but the Apple chief was personally a Hillary Clinton supporter. Following Trump's victory, Cook urged Apple employees to "move forward together" despite "uncertainties ahead."

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  2. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    Tim Cook should step down. It's time to Make Apple Great Again.
  3. macintologist macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    Imagine if SJ was alive, what would he be saying at that summit?
  4. Soni Sanjay macrumors 6502

    Soni Sanjay

    Dec 25, 2013
    We need a leader like Steve Jobs, I don't imagine Cook doing anything interesting.
  5. srsub3 macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2013
  6. jdillings macrumors 68000

    Jun 21, 2015
    This has got to be both humbling and humiliating for all these CEOs who campaigned so heavily against him. And I love it.
  7. MacFan23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    I'm so upset that will never be a thing :(
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    Mac Fly (film) macrumors 65816

    Mac Fly (film)

    Feb 12, 2006
  9. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    I guess you could say Trump...

    grabbed Tim Cook by his giant pile of money.
  10. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    That's like begging the music industry to find us another Elvis. Never gonna happen unfortunately.
  11. FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Repatriating those assets would be wonderful for Apple and for the country.
  12. Thunderbird macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2005
    Let's hope Tim Cook can make the Mac Pro great again.
  13. GigabitEthernet macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2013
    United Kingdom
    I don't like the connotations of this but what you've actually said is bang on: Cook is slowly destroying Apple.

    Craig should be CEO IMO.
  14. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    Fixed that for you.
  15. steve333 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2008
    Surprised that Cook is going and happy to hear it.
    Time for Timmy to show the other side of the aisle some love
    Now make me an updated Mini so I can spend some money on a new computer
  16. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    Interesting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg not attending, and also not listed in the "not attending" column.
  17. ProjectManager101 Suspended


    Jul 12, 2015
    He would have been attending as the elected candidate. The U.S. would have elected him President.
  18. simonmet macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2012
    Well this is awqward.

    No doubt Trump will have a fun time rubbing their faces in it. The office of president is probably the only one they consider higher than the ones they arrogantly occupy, except maybe Tim Cook, he probably still thinks he's superior.

    If I was president I'd be digging up all the dirt on these people, their companies and how they operate like they've no doubt done on him. Knowing your opponent is how it works in business and Trump probably knows this well.
  19. Mcmeowmers macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2015
    Is he going to chew them out like he did the media?
  20. Mr. Dee macrumors 68000

    Mr. Dee

    Dec 4, 2003
    I thought Larry Ellison was going to attend on behalf of Oracle. Ellison and Trump are known for their flamboyant diva like behavior so it would have made for interesting interaction. Otherwise, I would love to be the fly on the wall in this room, especially just to see Satya and Tim interacting.
  21. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    I have no problem with this correction. Thank you.
  22. ThunderMasterMind macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2016
    I'm on board with Trump talking with these companies to try and get them to house manufacturing here in the US instead of China.
  23. mattnotis macrumors regular

    May 9, 2010
    I'd imagine the meeting will just be Donald threatening everyone that if they step out of line, he'll have Steve Bannon sit on their head and fart German folk songs.
  24. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

    Mar 4, 2011
    I'm always wondered... does Apple have a private jet?
  25. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007

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