Cook wrote a note to Apple's US employees (obtained by BuzzFeed) on 9 November addressing Trump’s overwhelming victory against all odds. He did not mention Trump's antagonism of Apple itself, but rather the "strong feelings" both supporters and opponents of the President-elect carry.
Like President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others who have spoken about the results of the election, Cook said "the only way to move forward is to move forward together." This is as expected since what can he do if majority of the Americans want Trump instead of Cook's candidate who has to grapple with her integrity.
Read the full memo below:
"Team,Cook has been no stranger to both sides of the aisle during his visits to the nation’s capital. The Apple CEO has played a larger political role than Steve Jobs, making appearances before House committees as well as meeting with Democrat and Republican lawmakers.
I’ve heard from many of you today about the presidential election. In a political contest where the candidates were so different and each received a similar number of popular votes, it’s inevitable that the aftermath leaves many of you with strong feelings.
We have a very diverse team of employees, including supporters of each of the candidates. Regardless of which candidate each of us supported as individuals, the only way to move forward is to move forward together. I recall something Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said 50 years ago: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” This advice is timeless, and a reminder that we only do great work and improve the world by moving forward.
While there is discussion today about uncertainties ahead, you can be confident that Apple’s North Star hasn’t changed. Our products connect people everywhere, and they provide the tools for our customers to do great things to improve their lives and the world at large. Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love.
I’ve always looked at Apple as one big family and I encourage you to reach out to your co-workers if they are feeling anxious.
Let’s move forward — together!
However, Apple stock is down more than 2 percent since Trump’s victory.