Apple CEO Cook on talking trade, immigration with U.S. President Trump

Apple CEO Tim Cook says that during his White House meeting with President Donald Trump he urged him not to raise tariffs on certain imports and pressed him to solve the Dreamers issue.

Cook spoke with David Rubenstein on The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations, taped May 13th.

I wouldn’t want to say what he said, [but] I talked about trade and the importance of trade and how I felt that two countries trading together make the pie larger and that, it’s true, I think undoubtedly true that not everyone has been advantaged from that in either country and we’ve got to work on that, but I felt that tariffs were not the right approach there and I showed him some more analytical kinds of thing to demonstrate why. We also talked about immigration and the importance of fixing the “Dreamer” issue now. You know we’re only one court ruling away from a catastrophic case there.

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Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Fixing the “Dreamer” issue now would require those running on both sides to eschew a campaign issue that they consider useful and therefore they wish to exploit in the upcoming midterm elections, so nothing will happen until afterwards, regardless of the threat of “one court ruling” leading to “catastrophe” or not.


  1. Maybe and just a suggestion that Timmy should stay out of politics and policy issues and focus on giving us Apple users a new Mac Pro instead of the obsolete garbage can mac.

    1. Just a thought… when you run a corporation based in the United States that does most of its manufacturing overseas, talking about tariffs and free trade might BE about your business, not just an irrelevant policy issue. When you have a multinational work force, talking about the movement of people across borders might BE about your business. When you are trying to recruit professionals from top-tier universities, talking in a way that shows you share their values might BE about business.

      1. But logic and reason have little power in this forum. Mostly, people gripe about the Mac Pro, Mac mini, Pipeline Timmy, and politics of all types.

        Then there are the current crop of gripes, currently led by the issue of the butterfly keyboards.

        Gripe, gripe, gripe, gripe, gripe, gripe, gripe, gripe…

    2. yeah well… as the CEO of the largest company on the planet… politics is part of your day job. Oh and trade barrierswill kill R&D on new computers quicker than u can imagine..

    3. yeah well… as the CEO of the largest company on the planet… politics is part of your day job. Oh and trade barriers will kill R&D on new computers quicker than u can imagine..

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