Apple CE Tim Cook refused to comment on the ongoing protests in China, a political development with serious implications for his company.
Cook had some meetings scheduled with lawmakers on Thursday on Capitol Hill. Some reporters were able to catch up with him upon his arrival.
He was asked by a reporter from FOX Business whether or not he supports the Chinese people's right to protest and his thoughts on the factory workers beaten by authorities, but he chose to remain silent.
Cook was also asked whether or not he regrets Apple reportedly restricting AirDrop access that protesters used to evade the surveillance of the Chinese government.
Once again Cook remained silent.
🚨WATCH: Apple CEO Tim Cook ignores our questions on China as zero-COVID lockdown protests rage in the country. Full video 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/m0NpgRN6U4
— Hillary Vaughn (@hillary__vaughn) December 1, 2022
The Apple CEO hasn't always been silent when it comes to China. In fact, at one time he was a big fan of China, praising them for doing "an unbelievable job of lifting people out of poverty."
Flashback!@Apple’s @tim_cook in 2017: “China has done an unbelievable job of lifting people out of poverty … far beyond what any country has done... we should all applaud that … And the environmental leadership today, is very clear & it aligns completely with Apple's values” pic.twitter.com/F1TW9PLVjU
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 30, 2022
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