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Honoured Apple CEO takes aim at Trump

Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 01:36

Apple CEO Tim Cook criticises U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries during a speech at a Scottish university, where he received an honorary doctorate. Laura Frykberg reports.

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A high honour, for a man at the top of the IT world. Tim Cook receiving an honorary doctorate of science in Glasgow. In another political climate - the Apple CEO may have made a typical acceptance speech... Instead, he took another bite at Donald Trump's controversial immigration ban. (SOUNDBITE) (English) APPLE CHIEF EXECUTIVE, TIM COOK, SAYING: "If we stand and say nothing, it's as if we're agreeing, that we've become a part of it and so I think it's very important to speak out." Silicon Valley has been one of the most vocal opponents of the order. Part of which blocks people from seven Muslim-majority countries travelling to the U.S. for 90 days. That affects many who work in Cook's industry. And could add to increasing pressure on Trump to back down. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PANMURE GORDON CHIEF ECONOMIST, SIMON FRENCH, SAYING: "California particularly a big tax paying state in its own right, one of the top economies in the world, and I think there is economic leverage that means this will be watered down going forward." The ban has caused havoc at airports since it was introduced last month. And that could be brought up when Trump meets aviation executives on Thursday. Although it's not clear whether they'll be quite as blunt as Cook. The most vocal opponent supposed to be there - the CEO of American Airlines who called it divisive - can't attend.

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Honoured Apple CEO takes aim at Trump

Thursday, February 09, 2017 - 01:36