Following this week’s reported one-on-one meeting between Apple Chief Executive, Tim Cook, and President Donald Trump, one of The White House’s Chief Economic advisors, Larry Kudlow, appeared in a brief CNBC interview during which he lauded the Apple executive’s experience interacting with the Chinese government, and more.
Kudlow, who’s official role is The White House’s Director of National Economic Council, appeared on CNBC first thing Thursday morning, praising the Wednesday afternoon meeting between Cook and Trump — which he attended, at least in part — while flaunting that Apple’s top-boss “loves the tax cut.”
“Tim Cook was most helpful. I really enjoyed the meeting,” Kudlow said during an appearance on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, adding that “I spent a good amount of time with him, and then I came back and we visited POTUS.”
“He loves the tax cut and tax reform. He said it’s great for business. And Apple is going to be building plants, campuses, adding jobs, lots of business investment. That was the first point he made to President Trump.”
While Trump administration representatives including White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, were mum on additional details about what was discussed during the meeting, she noted during Thursday morning’s press briefing that trade was among the leading topics. White House deputy Press Secretary, Raj Shah, followed up adding that Cook and Trump had “a good meeting.”
Meanwhile, during his brief CNBC appearance, which can viewed in full here, Kudlow noted that Cook “has a lot of experience in China” and provided the President insight on how to most prudently approach certain matters as they pertain to the Chinese government.
As of Thursday, neither Apple nor Cook have provided additional comment on details about the meeting’s key talking points, and Kudlow in his interview didn’t specifically mention what, if any, disagreements emerged during the meeting.
As heavily documented in multiple previous reports, Cook has from the get-go disagreed (in some instances, passionately) with many of the Trump administration’s policies thus far, including those pertaining to matters of immigration and the environment.