Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't happy about President Donald Trump's immigration ban and may be ready to mount a resistance. Cook, speaking to The Wall Street Journal, reiterated the company's opposition to an executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the US.
Cook told the Journal he's weighing legal action and said he's pressing senior members in the White House to repeal the order. Apple has also pledged to double any donations made by its employees to refugee relief funds.
"More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds," said Cook. "That's what makes us special."
Cook's comments expand on an email he sent to employees over the weekend, hours after Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven countries from entering the US. The 90-day ban hits people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya.
Since then, more than 100 tech-industry leaders from both coasts have condemned the order, calling it un-American and saying it hurts employees and innovation. On Monday, more than 400 tech CEOs, founders and investors in New York signed an open letter to Trump, calling on him to rescind the travel ban. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said on Monday he's working with lawmakers to explore legal options fighting the travel restrictions. In addition, Google said it's raising a $4 million crisis fund to help immigrants affected by the executive order.
Apple and the White House respond to requests for comment.
First published Feb. 1, 3:26 a.m. PT.
Update, 10:45 am PT: Adds background on the tech industry's reaction to the Trump's executive order.
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