Apple CEO Tim Cook this week traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Republican lawmakers, reports Bloomberg. Cook is said to be aiming to forge a relationship with the GOP as it prepares to take control of the House in the new year.
Cook has scheduled meetings with Jim Jordan from Ohio, Darrell Issa from California, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington. Jordan and McMorris Rodgers are likely to be involved with committees that oversee the technology industry, chairing the House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, respectively.
Apple is dealing with US antitrust laws that could result in major changes to the company’s App Store policies. There are five separate bipartisan bills under consideration, and just this week, Twitter CEO Elon Musk piqued the interest of lawmakers at Apple with his claims that Apple had threatened to “withhold Twitter from the App Store” and had stopped advertising on Twitter.
As Bloomberg point out, Cook’s meeting was scheduled weeks before Musk’s Twitter rant, but Twitter could be a topic of discussion. Jim Jordan, who met with Cook, publicly supports Musk, for example.
Cook will also meet Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, Democrat Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii as Apple aims to steer clear of regulators from App Store laws and questions about the company’s device manufacturing in China.
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