A little more than 200,000 popular votes separated Clinton and Trump in an election that many say has left the country divided. Cook echoed the calls for unity made by many politicians yesterday and said, "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."
Cook also made a veiled reference to Trump's more controversial statements and proposed policies. He touched upon the uncertainty that prevails and said, "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." (See also, How a President Trump Would Disrupt Tech)
He ended the note encouraging employees to reach out to co-workers if they seem anxious.
President-elect Trump hasn't had kind things to say about Apple during his campaign. He has criticized the company for not cooperating with federal authorities and for not manufacturing more of its products in the U.S. He has said, "We're going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries."
Boycott all Apple products until such time as Apple gives cellphone info to authorities regarding radical Islamic terrorist couple from Cal
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2016
Unlike other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft, Apple chose not to donate to the Republican National Convention Committee this election cycle. (See also, Republican National Convention 2016 Donor's Names Released)