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This is not the first time that Cook and Trump are having meeting for the first time.

After Tim Cook's attendance at France State dinner held on Wednesday, the apple CEO (Tim Cook) chose to spend at least one more day in Washington DC to have a conversation with the president Donald Trump.

Cook had previously withdrawn Apple's participation in the 2016 Republican convention that nominated Trump as a candidate because of his comments about race, immigrants and other minorities.

After a rocky start during his election campaign, when Trump urged his supporters to boycott Apple and criticized the company for making its products in China, Cook has become one of his favourite go-to CEOs. -China trade war - the countries have proposed tariffs on each other's products - which could have a significant impact on Apple and other US companies.

Ahead of the meeting, Trump tweeted that he and Cook would discuss "many things, including how the USA has been treated unfairly for many years, by many countries, on trade".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday afternoon that the meeting was under way, and that "the primary focus" was to discuss trade.

This state dinner honored French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte. The company spent roughly $2.1 million to lobby the USA government between January 1 and March 31, including on issues such as trade and tariffs, according to an ethics report filed last week. He sat at the head table for Obama's 2015 state dinner honouring Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Among the questions for the WHCA, the congressmen ask if Trump is tweeting from a vetted, secure device to deter "spearfishing", if his phone is prevented from joining open and vulnerable wireless networks, if his personal communications are encrypted, and if his personal phone is screened after traveling overseas.

Cook and the president have a complicated relationship.

Trump has frequently said he would not consider his presidency successful unless Apple builds manufacturing plants in the United States.

Apple, with a market capitalization of $835 billion and 123,000 employees, 84,000 of whom are in the United States, said in January it plans to spend $30 billion in capital expenditures in the United States over the next five years, $10 billion of which will be spent on data centres. Earlier this year, apple announced that it will invest $350 billion in the United States economy over the next 5 years.

Apple said spending will create 20,000 new jobs through hiring at its existing campuses in Cupertino, Austin and a planned new campus. It could cover immigration, environment, or even tax reform. Trump also met with Microsoft founder Bill Gates last month.

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