Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner: Maintain Capitol Insurgents Accountable

Tim Cook, Apple CEO, speaks at the TIME 100 Summit on April 23, 2019 in New York City.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday that the United States must complete the transition to a Biden administration and that rioters who participated in an “uprising” in Washington DC must be held accountable.

“Today marks a sad and shameful chapter in the history of our nation. Those responsible for this uprising should be held accountable and we must complete the transition to the government of President-elect Biden. It is precisely when challenged that our ideals are at work most important.” Cook tweeted.

The comments were made in a tweet late in the day when a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol and forced Congress to suspend proceedings to confirm the election of Joe Biden as president.

The tweet is Cook’s first public statement on the result of the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump has called Cook a friend, and the two men have had an open line of communication for the past four years.

Other business leaders have also condemned the violence on Capitol Hill, including Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, and Business Roundtable, a group of large publicly traded companies that include Apple.

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