Apple CEO Tim Cook might not have shared the values of Donald Trump but he knew how to get his ear. While the CEOs of Facebook and Alphabet’s Google faced accusations of anti-Republican bias — and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos openly feuded with the former president — Cook dined with Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club and cultivated relationships with his children. 

The payoff? When Cook had a problem, he needed only to pick up the phone. “Others go out and hire very expensive consultants, and Tim Cook calls Donald Trump directly,” Trump said in August 2019, speaking in the third person. “Whenever there’s a problem, he’ll call.”..

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