Apple's Cook says he disagrees with
Trump, vows donations to rights groups
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[August 17, 2017]
(Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) CEO
Tim Cook has joined a chorus of business leaders who have voiced their
opposition to President Donald Trump after he blamed white nationalists
and anti-racism activists equally for violence in Virginia over the
"I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a
moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who
oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs
counter to our ideals as Americans," Cook wrote in a note late on
Wednesday to employees, according to technology news website Recode.
Cook also said in the letter that Apple will donate $1 million a piece
to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League and
will match two-for-one their donations to the organizations and other
human rights groups until Sept. 30.
"Regardless of your political views, we must all stand together on this
one point ó that we are all equal. As a company, through our actions,
our products and our voice, we will always work to ensure that everyone
is treated equally and with respect," Cook wrote.
Cook's letter came hours after Trump disbanded two high-profile business
advisory councils as several chief executives quit in protest over his
remarks blaming weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on
anti-racism activists as well as white nationalists that left a
32-year-old woman dead.
"The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me,
and Iíve heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or
confused," Cook said.
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President Donald Trump listens as Tim Cook, CEO of Apple speaks
during an American Technology Council roundtable at the White House
in Washington, U.S., June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
"What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country. Hate
is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path.
Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time
again, both in the United States and countries around the world,"
Earlier on Wednesday, the company was disabling Apple Pay on several
websites that sell attire and items in support of white nationalists
and hate groups, several tech news websites reported.
Apple joined social media networks Twitter Inc <TWTR.N> and
LinkedIn, music service Spotify Ltd and security firm Cloudflare Inc
that were cutting off services to hate groups or removing material
that they said spread hate.
(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Toby Chopra)
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