Yesterday was certainly an unusual day for Tim Cook. Along with other top tech executives like Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Larry Page (Alphabet / Google), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Satya Nadella (Microsoft), Brian Krzanich (Intel), Ginni Rometty (IBM) and Elon Musk (Tesla), Apple's CEO attended a meeting with the United States president-elect, Donald Trump, on the 25th floor of the Trump Tower in New York.
Trump to tech leaders: You're doing well right now and I'm very honored by the bounce… so right now everybody in this room has to like me pic.twitter/LNhvHg31Wq
– Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) December 14, 2016
It is not known exactly everything that was discussed in that room, but the video above gives a basic idea that the meeting served for everyone to look at each other and make vague promises. A notable absence was Jack Dorsey (Twitter); according to a Trump spokesman, the company would not have been called because it was too small but reports say the cut was intentional due to Twitter's disagreement with creating a special “emoji” for the company. hashtag #CrookedHillary during the president-elect campaign.
Speaking specifically of Cook, he was one of those who personally and publicly supported the Hillary Clinton campaign. Furthermore, as Apple's CEO, he took several (in) direct from Trump about the fact that Apple manufactures almost all of its products in Chinese territory. After Trump's victory, Cook asked in a memo that Apple move on together and they are already running for information about the company studying the manufacture of iPhones in the US.
Cook's face in this photo is priceless and deserves good captions:
Tim Cook is just really happy to be here with all you guys, having fun pic.twitter/7zZXB8YhpX
– Tom Gara (@tomgara) December 14, 2016
"What the hell am I doing here?"
"You've all got to like me just a little bit" / via https://t.co/YKL6UeW5cm pic.twitter/KaG1GIEO0A
– Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith) December 14, 2016
"This meeting goes on until what time, really?"
THE Wall Street Journal transcribed Cook's opening speech at the meeting:
Very good to be here. () I look forward to talking to the president-elect about what we can do to help him achieve some of the things he wants.
At the table, curiously, Trump's three adult children (Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr.) were also present, in addition to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Right next to Trump, billionaire Peter Thiel (co-founder of PayPal) who now sits on the executive committee responsible for the president's transition was, of course, highly praised.