Cook and Trump schedule breakfast date in Davos

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President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook are taking their awkward bromance to Davos.

Cook is reportedly slated to attend breakfast with Trump this Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Trump, who used his opening speech at the international gathering to slam climate change activists, also will be briefed by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty during the breakfast meeting.

Cook and Trump have had an interesting relationship ever since the real estate mogul became president. The duo have met for talks multiple times over the last few years. Even though they hold opposing views on issues like climate change and the trade war with China, they’ve also found common ground on mutually beneficial issues, such as giving giant corporations huge tax breaks.

Tim Cook heads to Davos

Tackling the climate crisis tops the agenda for the power players assembled at the World Economic Forum this year. But that’s not what Trump and Cook will be talking about. Bloomberg reports that the meeting will focus on a campaign to promote multiple ways to get an education.

Cook met with prime ministers from Croatia, Finland and Spain during the conference today. The Apple CEO reportedly has been battling EU efforts to squeeze more tax dollars out of Apple.

Despite Wednesday’s brunch meeting, Apple could be headed for a legal showdown with Trump’s administration. Earlier this month, U.S. Attorney General William Barr criticized Apple for not unlocking the Pensacola shooter’s iPhone. In a rare public retort, Apple said its responses to the FBI’s requests have been timely and thorough. The company is supposedly preparing for a legal battle if the administration keeps pushing on the issue of encryption and backdoors in iOS.