Apple CEO Tim Cook will meet with Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan next week at a breakfast hosted by the American business executive.
According to Politico, the event is being arranged by Cook and is anticipated to include talks on how to best finance campaigns for House Republicans like Ryan. This is following the revelation Saturday that Apple will not provide funds or technological support for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential convention. In private meetings, Apple told Republican leaders Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities are the primary reason.
Cook doesn’t seem averse to all Republicans, and most likely wants to maintain that the company is bipartisan, while others like Tesla’s Elon Musk and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg are among Silicon Valley’s leaders in Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign fundraising. According to OpenSecrets.org, Apple has donated to both Republican and Democratic candidates, but with the latter getting a substantial majority for most cycles.
Trying to remain impartial on political party affiliation could allow Cook to continue his more firm public stances on issues that he cares about, like climate change, LGBT rights and technological policy. Ryan and the GOP, like Cook, call encryption “the bedrock of internet security” in their 23-page national security plan.
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