Tim Cook spotted on Capitol Hill (CNBC video)

Apple’s CEO lunched with Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), one of Washington’s tech-savviest pols.

Cue the videotape:

From Mark Warner’s Wikipedia page:

In the early 1980s, he served as a staffer to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT). He later used his knowledge of federal telecommunication law and policies as a broker of mobile phone franchise licenses, making a significant fortune. As founder and managing director of Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, he helped found or was an early investor in a number of technology companies, including Nextel. He co-founded Capital Cellular Corporation, and built up an estimated net worth of more than $200 million. As of 2012, he was the wealthiest U.S. Senator.

My take: Mark Warner is a good guy for Tim Cook to cultivate, especially if the Senate changes hands this fall.

UPDATE: Politico reports that Cook was spotted Monday night having dinner at an M Street eatery with Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs COO who served as Trump’s top economic advisor until his resignation last week.


  1. Ken Cheng said:
    I dunno, I hope he can head off tariffs and trade sanctions against China. Could be very bad for Apple to get caught up in the middle of a trade war.

    March 13, 2018
    • Gregg Thurman said:
      Think about this:

      China is a major supplier of steel. To make steel you need large quantities of coal. China gets most of its coal needs from N Korea.

      Trump has been threatening sanctions against violators of the UN trade sanctions against N Korea.

      The recipients of Chinese steel make cars, trucks, refrigerators, washing machines, combines, tractors, etc., worldwide. Tariffs on steel and aluminum will negatively impact all those manufactures product pricing, thereby impacting sales, and reducing the need for steel and aluminum.

      Could the sudden warming in relations between Trump and N Korea be the result of Chinese pressure on N Korea to stop its nuclear and missile development, pressure meant to forestall US tariffs on steel and aluminum?

      March 14, 2018

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