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Apple may take legal action against Trump's travel ban

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Apple may take legal action against President Trump's controversial travel ban.

CEO Tim Cook told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that he continues to talk to "very, very senior people in the White House," encouraging them to repeal the ban which has affected hundreds of his employees. 

Cook did not specify what that legal action would look like. However, the ban has already inspired several lawsuits over its constitutionality.

This country is strong because of our immigrant background.
Tim Cook, Apple CEO

Cook's comments came during Apple's quarterly financial results. Apple reported record iPhone sales of 78.3 million units during the past quarter. It now sells its devices in more than 180 countries, which Cook said makes it more important that Apple's staff "looks like the world."

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Apple's co-founder and longtime CEO Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian immigrant, which may also motivate the company's stance.

Trump has criticized Apple for its refusal to hand over data in the San Bernardino case.

He has also criticized the company for making its devices overseas. Former CEO John Sculley told CNBC that Apple could theoretically move the iPhone supply chain to the U.S. without raising the price of the phone.

In the meantime, Apple employees have increased their contributions to refugee relief funds, which Cook said the company will match on a 2-to-1 basis. Last year, Apple gave $2.5 million to refugee relief.

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