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Apple's Tim Cook meets with lawmakers in DC

Apple's Tim Cook meets with lawmakers in DC
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Apple CEO Tim Cook met with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., on Friday to speak on tech issues and reforming the tax code.

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On Thursday night, Cook and Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, dined with Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, Politico reported.

In December, the Apple CEO joined other top tech executives in a meeting with Donald TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE at Trump Tower, which he defended in an internal memo to Apple employees.

“I think it’s very important to do that because you don’t change things by just yelling,” Cook wrote. “You change things by showing everyone why your way is the best. In many ways, it’s a debate of ideas.”