Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with top Republican lawmakers, Bloomberg reports. Cook is said to be looking to forge ties with the Republican Party as it prepares to take over the House of Representatives in the new year.
Cook scheduled meetings with Jim Jordan of Ohio, Darrell Issa of California and Kathy McMorris Rogers of Washington. Jordan and McMorris Rogers are likely to be involved with the committees that oversee the tech industry, chairing the House Judiciary Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, respectively.
Apple is handling U.S. antitrust laws that could lead to major company policy changes to the App Store. Five separate bipartisan bills are pending, and just this week, Twitter CEO Elon Musk spurred lawmakers' interest in Apple with an announcement that Apple had threatened to “keep Twitter in its App Store”. and stopped advertising on Twitter.
As Bloomberg notes, Cook's meetings were scheduled weeks before Musk's Twitter rant, but Twitter could be a topic of discussion. For example, Jim Jordan, whom Cook meets, has publicly endorsed Musk.
Cook will also meet Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, and Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii . as Apple seeks to distract regulators from the App Store legislation and questions about the production of the company's devices in China.
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