Apple CEO Tim Cook flies to meet GOP lawmakers amid stalemate with Elon Musk’s Twitter

Fox Business has confirmed that Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduling at least one meeting with newly arrived Republican leaders in the House this week.

Cook Representatives Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; According to a source familiar with the plans, Darrell Issa, R-Calif. and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. The source contradicted earlier reports that the meeting had already taken place.

Three lawmakers met with Cook on Tuesday, along with Senator Brian Schatz of D-Hawaii and John Cornyn of R-Texas, this report from the New York Post said. Fox News found that three members of the House did not attend such a meeting and did not clarify whether two Senators attended the meeting.

Cook’s Apple is one of the top tech companies that could face further scrutiny from the GOP majority coming to the House.

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CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a keynote during WWDC22 held at Apple Park on June 6, 2022, in Cupertino, California. Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the annual WWDC22 developer conference. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/ ((Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) / Getty Images)

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Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks during the House Judiciary Subcommittee session at the Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee session on “Online Platforms and Market Power” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, Washington (via REUTERS/Reuters Photos by Graeme Jennings/Pool)

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The meeting comes just days after Twitter CEO Elon Musk claimed that Apple had withdrawn most of its ads and is now threatening to block the platform from the app store.

Twitter has faced a “huge” drop in revenue under Musk’s leadership as advertisers flee the platform.

But Tesla and the SpaceX billionaire are seen as allies of conservatives online and have promised to protect freedom of expression on Twitter without turning the platform into a “hell landscape”.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk smiles as he addresses guests at the Offshore Northern Seas 2022 (ONS) meeting in Stavanger, Norway, on August 29, 2022. (Carina Johansen / Getty Images)

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While Apple has yet to make a public statement about Twitter’s status, some Republicans have already begun to support it. Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Tuesday that Congress would have to intervene if Apple removed Twitter from its store.

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