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Apple has been more successful than others in Silicon Valley in avoiding policy blowbacks from President Donald Trump and lawmakers, according to Roger McNamee, an early investor in Google and Facebook.
The longtime venture capitalist spoke after word that some of Apple's best-known products, including its watch and wireless headphones, would not be affected by the Trump administration's latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports.
According to the Washington Post, Apple CEO Tim Cook had personally lobbied Trump against adopting tariffs that would threaten to increase prices on those items.
But Apple's ability to navigate Washington politics does not stop there, McNamee said told CNBC on Wednesday.
"Apple is really differentiating itself on privacy right now and protecting its customers from an increasingly hostile digital environment," said the managing director at Elevation Partners.
McNamee cited privacy improvements that Apple has made to its payment software, maps, and facial recognition.
However, apparent disregard for consumers' privacy is something that has gotten Apple's peers in trouble on Capitol Hill, McNamee said.
No one from Google attended. The Alphabet unit was sharply criticized for not sending a C-suite executive.
Apple "hasn't trumpeted that story [privacy] as aggressively as I would if I were in their shoes," McNamee said.
But while Apple has avoided push back from Washington, the tech giant still may be at risk, he added.
Amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China, Apple could be vulnerable to nontariff related actions by China, said McNamee without elaborating.