The tech leaders' meeting with Trump was last week's biggest story. Some observers interpreted the event as the tech leaders, who uniformly opposed Trump during the election, selling out their beliefs and kissing up. Cook was responding to some internal questions from Apple employees Monday when he explained:
"Personally, I've never found being on the sideline a successful place to be. The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena. So whether it's in this country, or the European Union, or in China or South America, we engage. And we engage when we agree and we engage when we disagree. I think it's very important to do that because you don't change things by just yelling. You change things by showing everyone why your way is the best. In many ways, it's a debate of ideas."