Apple CEO Tim Cook also said his company was targeted by EU regulators. As Fred Katayama reports, Brussels dismissed Cook's criticism.
"Total political crap" - that's what Apple CEO Tim Cook called the EU ruling that slapped his company with a $14.5 billion bill for back taxes. Cook made these remarks Thursday to the daily, Irish Independent. In a separate radio interview, he charged that Apple was targeted by EU regulators. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager dismissed Cook's criticism, saying the tax bill was calculated based on facts. Cook said he expects Ireland's government will join Apple in appealing the ruling. BDA Partners' Euan Rellie said earlier this week he thinks Apple won't fully get its way with an appeal: SOUNDBITE: EUAN RELLIE, SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, BDA PARTNERS, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Apple's chances are very low. Apple is gonna have to pay some tax, and I think, there is huge pressure now around the world on big corporations to be seen to be doing their share." Transatlantic tensions are growing. Washington is supporting Apple; France joined Germany Thursday in backing Brussels.