Apple CEO Tim Cook gave the company’s most full-throated condemnation of President Trump’s recent immigration order while he was overseas, in Scotland.
“We don’t support the immigration ban and we have been very public about it,” Cook said at a ceremony at the University of Glasgow, where he was receiving an honorary degree.
“Our simple view is that Apple would not exist without immigration, so this is a huge issue for us. So what do we do? We voice our opinion and stand up – we don’t sit in silence,” Cook said, according to the Scotsman, which was at the event.
During a Q&A, Cook later said that he doesn’t see Apple as an activist company.
“I don’t view Apple as an activist, and I don’t view myself as an activist,” he said. “The reason is that a lot of people hear that word and they think of a professional activist, and that’s not what we are. What we do, for things that we have deep knowledge on, or think we do, or a strong point of view based on what we’ve learned, that gives us some standing to make a point, we’re not shy. We’ll stand up even when our voice shakes.”
Cook said that within 24 hours of Trump signing the order, he sent an email to all Apple employees addressing the order. Since then, Apple also signed its name to a Google-led amicus brief filed in court against the order.
“I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support,” Cook wrote in the memo.
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