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Apple declines to support GOP convention over Trump

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Apple is drawing a line in the sand when it comes to supporting the Republican s presidential convention this year because of controversial remarks made by Donald Trump.Politico, citing two unnamed sources familiar with Apple s plans, reported on Saturday that the tech firm isn t providing technology or funding for the GOP event in Cleveland next month.

Apple referenced comments that Trump, the party s presumptive nominee, has made about about women, minorities and immigrants.SiliconBeat reached out to Apple to confirm the report, but the company declined to comment.Tech firms, including Apple, have supported both the Democratic and Republican conventions in previous years.

In 2008, Apple provided about $140,000 in MacBooks and other tech tools to the Democratic and Republican events in 2008, Politico reported, citing campaign finance records.Unlike Apple, other major tech companies such as Alphabet s Google, Microsoft and Facebook have said they will provide some support to this year s GOP convention.

Hewlett Packard Inc. though isn t providing funds for the Republican National Convention.

Trump has trained his rhetorical fire on the entire tech industry, but he s singled out Apple for particular criticism — calling for a boycott of the company s products, and slamming CEO Tim Cook, over Apple s stance on encryption, Politico reporter Tony Romm wrote.While Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared to take a swipe at Trump during his speech at the company s annual developer s conference and the tech firm has faced allegations about suppressing conservative news on the site, Facebook has tried to maintain that it s politically neutral.

Zuckerberg spoke about hearing fearful voices calling for building walls during the speech in what some saw as a reference to Trump s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.Photo Credit: Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about smart phone privacy issues related to the company s ongoing conflict with the FBI at the start of a product launch event Monday morning, March 21, 2016, at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group Tags: Apple, Donald Trump, facebook, Republican National Convention, Tim Cook

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