In an extensive interview on topics including politics, climate change, and discussions with President Trump, Tim Cook said CEO Tim San Bernardino was "very rigged" and should have gone to court.
Cook said at the time of the 100th summit, Cook said he wished the case had come to court because the facts showed that the government acted in a "very dishonest way" against the Cupertino-based technology company.
"I wish the case would have gone to court to be honest, it was dropped the day before," Cook told the interviewer Nancy Gibbs as the two discussed privacy and device encryption in the United States. "And now that the inspector's general reports have come out, our worst fear has been confirmed that it was a very rigged case to begin with, and then I think this was not the government's finest hour, I have personally never seen the government move towards a company that it did here on a very difficult dishonest way. ”[1
Cook continued to say he" felt like the naive guy who felt that things like this didn't happen, "they added [the U.S. government] attempted to prevent discussion and debate about privacy.
" I hoped it would go much further than that, "Cook continued." It has reoccurred and it has happened in no other country in the world, something s if made me so much more disappointed with how it happened in our country. But I believe in everyday American private life is much more important to sit here today in 2019 than it was when we went through your case. "
Last year, the Ministry of Justice concluded that the FBI accidentally misled Congress that it had gone through all sorts of attempts to access the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorist attackers.
Climate change, focusing on politics, not politics
Cook has also touched on several other areas that have affected Apple in recent years, including entering into the political debate before adding that iPhone maker does not have a political action committee.
"We focus on politics, not politics," Cook said. "We are not focusing on politics, and I realize that everything, alas, unfortunately, these days, tends to break down that way, but we focus on politics, not politics … … he is probably not known to many people here, but Apple does not have a PAC. Apple is probably the only big company I would think or one of the few that doesn't have a PAC. I refuse to have one because it shouldn't exist . "
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Cook also said that there should be borders on who donates to which candidate should be transparent:  "I think of people who should be able to donate or people who can vote, And we should set a limit on what it is and perhaps its current limits. Perhaps it is another limit and it should be transparent And then I have never donated any money to a PAC person. Every donation I ever have done is public. And then about n stands for public control, people can decide if they like it or they don't like it, and I do for my personal self, not for the company. "
The Technology Manager added that Apple donated "zero" to political candidates.
The 58-year-old Cook, who has had talks with President Trump, discussed a wide range of issues, including commerce, saying the government should not be seen to solve all problems and that both the private sector and academia should also play a role.
"I think it takes the public sector, private sector, and academia to work together to try and solve some of these major issues," he said on stage at the summit. "Climate change is not going to be resolved by the government, it's just one example, right. And then we easily go up and participate in the talks. And because we think how we do what we say is just as much about us as what we did. "
Cook was asked about the talks he had with Trump and refused to talk about it and said" no matter who the president is, "he does not believe it is right to disclose private conversations.
He added that there are several issues that are important to Apple, including getting the DACA fixed; determine the immigration system, including greencard backlogs; trade; and education.
Cook also expressed support for further regulation of the technology sector, saying that although the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not ideal, it is an area where Europe is ahead of the United States in protecting the user's privacy and data.
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"GDPR is not ideal, but GDPR was a step in the right direction" said. "And this is on the privacy side. I don't think it's the same at all. I think there are many things that didn't do what it needs to do. But I think it's a step in the right direction."
Cook added that he thinks it's possible some kind of regulation to protect privacy, and the data comes to the United States, noting that Apple is "too strong for regulation because I don't see another path at this time."
Fox News & # 39; Tamara Gitt contributed to this report.