Apple considers legal action over Trump ban

Tech leaders have expressed their opposition to his 'extreme vetting' measures

Apple considers legal action over Trump ban

Mark Lennihan / AP

Apple is reviewing its options and considering taking legal action against Donald Trump administration's travel ban on individuals from seven predominantly-Muslim states.

CEO Tim Cook said that the law change will affect hundreds of Apple workers and that he has been in communication with senior figures at the White House arguing that the order needs to be repealed.

After telling the Wall St Journal that the company is considering legal action he refused to offer specifics, but added, "We want to be constructive and productive."

"More than any country in the world, this country is strong because of our immigrant background and our capacity and ability as people to welcome people from all kinds of backgrounds. That’s what makes us special," he said, speaking hours after Apple published strong quarterly results.

Amazon submitted a a declaration of support for a lawsuit filed by the Washington state attorney general against President Trump’s order on Monday.

Facebook and Google are among a number of leading tech companies who have objected to Mr Trump's ban.

Mr Cook supported Hillary Clinton's campaign - he held a fundraiser during the summer for the Democrat.

The Apple CEO sent a memo to Apple staff following Mr Trump's victory stating:

"Our products connect people everywhere, and they provide the tools for our customers to do great things to improve their lives and the world at large. Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world - regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love."

Mr Trump criticised the company during his presidential election campaign for making products in China.