Apple won't provide support to Republican convention due to Donald Trump: Report

The company logo at the Apple store in New York. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - Apple has told Republican leaders it will not provide funding or other support for the party's 2016 presidential convention due to its unease over Donald Trump's controversial comments about women, immigrants and minorities, Politico reported.

Citing two sources familiar with the company's plans, the newspaper said Apple communicated privately to Republicans that it would not donate gadgets or cash to the party's convention in Cleveland from July 18 to 21, where delegates are expected to nominate Donald Trump as the party's candidate in the Nov 8 general election.

The snub is a sign of the widening schism between Silicon Valley and the GOP's bombastic presumptive nominee, said Politico.

Trump has trained his rhetorical fire on the entire tech industry, but he's singled out Apple for a boycott. He has also slammed Apple CEO Tim Cook over the company's stance on encryption.

A spokeswoman for the GOP's convention organisation told Politico: "We are working with a variety of major tech partners who are focused on being part of the American political process."

Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month.

Apple declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

It is unclear how Apple plans to handle the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this summer. The tech giant provided about US$140,000 (S$188,335) each in MacBooks and other tech tools to the Democratic and Republican events in 2008, and made similar donations in 2012.

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