Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly recently joined a group of tech CEOs, politicians and otherwise high-profile figures at the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum to discuss how to stop Donald Trump in his bid for the Republican nomination. From The Huffington Post:
Sources familiar with the meeting — who requested anonymity because the forum is off the record — said that much of the conversation around Trump centered on "how this happened, rather than how are we going to stop him," as one person put it.
According to the report, Trump wasn't the only topic of discussion, as Cook was confronted concerning Apple's ongoing encryption dispute with the FBI:
He wasn't the only topic of the wide-ranging conference, however. At one point, Cotton and Apple's Cook fiercely debated cell phone encryption, a source familiar with the exchange told HuffPost. "Cotton was pretty harsh on Cook," the source said, and "everyone was a little uncomfortable about how hostile Cotton was."
The forum, which is reported to have taken place on an island off the coast of Georgia, is also said to have included other big names in tech such as Larry Page, Sean Parker and Elon Musk, along with notable figures of the Republican party like Mitch McConnell, Karl Rove and Paul Ryan.
For his part, Trump has been vocal in his opposition to Apple's stance in its current feud with the FBI. The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination recently went so far as to call for a boycott on Apple products until the company complies with the FBI's request to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Trump has also gained attention for saying he would force Apple to start manufacturing its products in the United States.