Donald Trump called a tech summit at the Trump Tower last week, and unexpectedly, the turn-up for the meeting was very encouraging, and it had pretty much to do with the outlook and decision of the industry over their relationship with Donald Trump.
Tim Cook was one of those who attended the meeting, though we wouldn’t expect that the man who went as far as starting a funding campaign for Hillary Clinton will be comfortable at that meeting. He has revealed that he felt it was pretty necessary to engage when the president-elect invited him and many others to the tech summit at the Trump Tower.
In his words, “personally, I’ve never found being on the sideline a successful place to be, the way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena. So whether it’s in this country or the European Union or in China or South America, we engage. And we engage when we agree and we engage when we disagree. I think it’s very important to do that because you don’t change things by just yelling. You change things by showing everyone why your way is the best. In many ways, it’s a debate of ideas.” This was released on the internal employee information service of the leading tech company.
Interestingly, Cook, like other tech leaders, may have gradually started changing their stance, from being in opposition to the incoming government to actually taking sides with many of the policies that it will implement. This is true as he asserted that “even though governments can affect companys’ ability to do what they do, they (government) are actually advocating for human rights for everyone, expanding the definition of human rights, they are on the environment and are really combating climate change, something we (Apple) can do by running on 100 percent renewable energy.”
We wouldn’t expect anything short of this standard response, and it’s interesting to see the stance of the tech company which was under intense scrutiny along with Amazon over issues ranging from job creation to corporate taxes.
Well, let’s see how the tech and consumer electronics maker moves from now on. But before then, I think it’s cool to note that Tim Cook revealed that the company runs completely on renewable energy, and that’s a cool one.