Apple’s Tim Cook Meets With Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to Talk ‘Tech Priorities’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has apparently been sharpening his political skills.

Politico reported that Cook had dinner Thursday night with President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, whom Trump appointed as a White House special advisor, at a posh Washington restaurant. Former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for the environment, policy and social initiatives, also reportedly attended the meal.

On Friday, Cook met with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, who tweeted out a picture he took with Apple’s chief. The two men have a long history together.

“During today’s meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, we discussed ways to grow the economy and our tech industry, as well as his recent visit with me in Utah,” Hatch wrote in a statement emailed to USA TODAY. “Given the issues I work on as chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, it’s especially useful to listen to innovators like Tim.”

Utah has been able to attract tech talent thanks to low taxes, affordable housing, and the proximity to two major colleges, the University of Utah in Salt Lake and BYU in Provo.

Cook joined Hatch this past fall as the headliner on a Utah Tech Tour. The Senator sided with Apple during the encryption debate over the San Bernardino massacre where 14 people were killed, after the FBI tried to get access to the shooter’s iPhone.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Edward C. Baig