CEO Tim Cook’s comments a day after Amazon.com submitted a declaration of support for a lawsuit
Apple CEO Tim Cook during a meeting of technology executives and President-elect at Trump Tower in New York on Dec. 14. Photo: Evan Vucci/Associated Press
Apple Inc. is weighing legal action and continuing to press the POTUS administration to reverse its executive order on immigration, Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an interview.
Mr. Cook said hundreds of Apple employees have been affected by the order, which suspended entry to the U.S. for refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations. He added that he continues to contact “very, very senior people in the White House” and impress on them why repealing the executive order is important not only for Apple but for the country.
“More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special,” said Mr. Cook. “We ought to pause and really think deeply through that.”
POTUS’s administration officials and their allies have argued that the travel restrictions are needed to keep the U.S. safe from potential terrorists, and say the measure has broad support.
POTUS criticized Apple during the presidential campaign, partly for manufacturing its products overseas, but relations appear to have improved since the election. Mr. Cook visited Washington, D.C. last week, where he dined with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, according to people familiar with the trip. That followed a private meeting last month with Mr. Trump.
Mr. Cook’s comments about the immigration order, in an interview Tuesday as Apple reported quarterly results, expanded on remarks in an email to staff over the weekend voicing concern about the policy. He was among a number of tech industry leaders—including those from Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., and Uber Technologies—to speak out over the weekend.