Hatch and Cook have been holding semi-regular meetings ever since the San Bernadino terror attacks. The U.S. government wanted to be able to look through information on the cell phones of the two assaulters involved but Apple Inc. would not allow them access. The case waseventually dismissedfrom court.Hatch, who is the head of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, called for a private Senate briefing with Apple attorney, Ted Olson, following the dismissal.
"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," read a statement fromSenator Hatch issued to BuzzFeed News. "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."
Cook also met with First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner on Thursday night. Cook attended a December tech summit that saw other American tech companies send their leadership to meet with then U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, which surprised many as Cook was outspoken against many of the policies that Trump had proposed during his presidential election.
"I've never found being on the sideline a successful place to be," explained Cook of the meeting. "The way that you influence these issues is to be in the arena."