Apple CEO Tim Cook has reached out to employees in an internal memo obtained Thursday, hours after Donald Trump swept to victory in the U.S. presidential election. Stating that Apple remains “open to all,” he encouraged staff to continue moving forward and reminded them that the diverse team of staff includes supporters of many different candidates.
Silicon Valley has remained largely tight-lipped about its response to a Trump presidency, and Cook’s response is one of the first statements we’ve seen by a tech company head. The memo was likely not intended for the general public, though, so the widespread radio silence remains in place.
Read Cook’s memo 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 cant 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!
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