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Tim Cook Criticises Trump's Reaction To Charlottesville In Letter To Apple Employees

Ouch.

17/08/2017 11:55 BST

It’s fair to say US President Donald Trump has had a pretty tumultuous relationship with his own country’s tech industry.

Clashing with Amazon over its huge expansion into the groceries industry or Apple when it withheld encrypted information from the FBI.

Well now Apple, or rather Tim Cook, has something to say to Donald Trump.

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In a letter to all of Apple’s employees, CEO Tim Cook has directly spoken out against the President over his controversial statements regarding the violence that took place in Charlottesville.

In the letter, obtained by Buzzfeed News, Cook begins by saying: “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.”

“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.” he writes.

 

In the wake of the events which left three people dead and 20 injured, Cook states that Apple will be doing its bit to help.

“Apple will be making contributions of $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.”

“We will also match two-for-one our employees’ donations to these and several other human rights groups, between now and September 30.”

He also confirmed that an update to the iTunes store will also provide Apple’s users with a way to donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions about his responses to the violence, injuries and deaths at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.

Apple’s CEO isn’t the only industry leader to have spoken out after Trump’s comments.

Over the past week eight members of Trump’s newly created Manufacturing Council resigned following the President’s comments and they’re certainly not the first.

Elon Musk made his high profile exit from Trump’s advisory groups following his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.