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

Apple CEO Tim Cook has scheduled at least one meeting with new Republican leaders in the House this week, Fox Business has confirmed.

Cook meets with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., later this week, according to a source familiar with the plans. The source contradicted previous reports that the meeting had already taken place.

That New York Post report said the three lawmakers, along with Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, met with Cook on Tuesday. Fox News has noted that the three members of the House of Representatives were not present at one such meeting, and the two senators have not clarified whether they attended one.

Cook’s Apple is among several top tech companies that could face increased scrutiny from the new GOP majority in the House of Representatives.

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

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

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The meeting comes just days after Twitter CEO Elon Musk claimed Apple had pulled most of its advertising and was now threatening to ban the platform from the App Store.

Twitter is grappling with a “massive” drop in revenue under Musk’s leadership, which he says is due to advertisers fleeing the platform.

However, the Tesla and SpaceX billionaire is widely regarded as an ally of internet conservatives and he has vowed to protect freedom of expression on Twitter without turning the platform into a “hellscape”.

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

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While Apple is yet to comment publicly on Twitter’s situation, some Republicans are already following suit. Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that Congress would have to intervene if Apple removed Twitter from its Store.

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