As we reported a couple of weeks ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook recently visited the House Speaker John Boehner at Capitol Hill. The reason for his visit has now been confirmed. Cook attended brief and largely introductory meetings with three key policymakers in order to open up lines of communication between Apple and Washington.
Cook met with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The meetings are said to have yielded positive results, although there is still work to be done.
A government aide told Fortune: "It was an act of opening up a line of communication, but it was a first step in what hopefully will be a growing relationship. They didn't become best buds in one meeting."
Another source described the meetings as: “quiet and focused, and noted that Cook "recognizes the role an engaged CEO can play in making a difference on those policy priorities."
Reports claim that the talks did not cover Apple’s falling out with the Justice Department lawsuit over e-books pricing, or concerns Apple’s tax rate.