Apple CEO Tim Cook said he felt it was necessary to "engage" when President-elect Donald Trump — who has railed against Apple and other tech companies — invited him and about a dozen tech executives to attend a summit in New York last week.
"Personally, I've never found being on the sideline a successful place to be," Cook told employees on its internal employee info service. "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."