Republican Donald Trump is the new President-elect of the United States, and technology giants can’t be pleased with the outcome of the elections, as they may face changes they do not agree with in the next four years.
Apple is one of the companies that has been involved in disputes with Donald Trump in the past, and CEO Tim Cook himself has disagreed with some of the statements the Republican has made in the last few months.
In an email to employees and obtained by Buzzfeed, Cook explains “the only way to move forward is to move forward together,” acknowledging some company workers are disappointed with the result of the elections. Cook does not mention Trump by name.
The letter by Cook is an effort to ease anxiety of employees, where he asks workers to help each other out. Indirectly addressing the rhetoric used by Trump over the course of his presidential campaign, Cook wrote “Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love.”
You can read the full text of Cook’s email below.
I’ve heard from many of you today about the presidential election. In a political contest where the candidates were so different and each received a similar number of popular votes, it’s inevitable that the aftermath leaves many of you with strong feelings.
We have a very diverse team of employees, including supporters of each of the candidates. Regardless of which candidate each of us supported as individuals, the only way to move forward is to move forward together. I recall something Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said 50 years ago: “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” This advice is timeless, and a reminder that we only do great work and improve the world by moving forward.
While there is discussion today about uncertainties ahead, you can be confident that Apple’s North Star hasn’t changed. Our products connect people everywhere, and they provide the tools for our customers to do great things to improve their lives and the world at large. Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love.
I’ve always looked at Apple as one big family and I encourage you to reach out to your co-workers if they are feeling anxious.
Let’s move forward — together!