“Apple has to help us. And I’m very strong on it,” Trump told “CNBC Squawk Box” co-host Joe Kernen from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “They have the keys to so many criminals and criminal minds, and we can do things.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook has been credited with being able to work with the president and his administration in a way other Silicon Valley companies have stumbled. In November, Cook toured Apple’s Austin campus with Trump.
Trump told CNBC he’s helped Apple a lot, including waivers from tariffs put on Chinese-made imports in the trade war between Washington and Beijing.
“I’ve given them waivers, because it’s a great company, but it made a big difference,” Trump said.