Cook sugiere en la entrevista que esta acción por parte de la CE está dirigida específicamente contra la compañía y contra Irlanda que no está interesada que Apple pague esos impuestos:
I think we’ll work very closely together, as we have the same motivation. No one did anything wrong here and we need to stand together. Ireland is being picked on and this is unacceptable.
Cook rechaza las alegaciones de la Comisaria de Competencia Margarethe Vestager de que Apple no ha pagado impuestos en 2014 en Irlanda, acusando de “politiqueo” la acción tomada:
It’s total political crap. They just picked a number from I don’t know where. In the year that the Commission says we paid that tax figure, we actually paid $400m. We believe that makes us the highest taxpayer in Ireland that year.
This conclusion that the Commission has reached has no basis in law or in fact. So I think it clearly suggests that this is politics at play.
Cook advierte que aunque Apple no siempre ha estado alineada con la política del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, ambos están unidos en este asunto:
This is a huge overreach that represents retrospective activity and is completely unfair,” he said. “It’s wrong. In the last several years, we’ve had political differences of opinion in the US on this. But on this one, literally 100pc of the comments are in agreement.
I think that Apple was targeted here,” he said. “And I think that (anti-US sentiment) is one reason why we could have been targeted.
People in leadership positions in several countries tell me that this is the agenda. I don’t know where that comes from. But what I feel strongly about is that this decision was politically based, of that I’m very confident. There is no reason for it in fact or in law.
Cook ha recalcado que seguirá confiando en Irlanda y que la lealtad del país con la compañía será recompensada:
We are going forward, absolutely,” he said. “I want to be really clear that we are very committed on Ireland.
We are going to continue with the expansions we talked about. We’ve been spending a lot of money on building out a large location in Cork, We have a 37-year-old marriage with Ireland and it means something to us.
It’s a very deep relationship. Every time I go there it brings me such joy. It is an integral part of the company.
I feel like Ireland stuck with Apple when it wasn’t easy to stick with Apple and now we’re sticking with Ireland.