WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned on Friday that he would stumble Apple's requests for customs exemption for unit components imported from China when he put pressure on the technology company to move production to the United States.
"Apple will not be given customs waves, or relief, for Mac Pro parts made in China. Make them in the United States, no tariffs!" Said Trump on Twitter.
Later, Trump told the reporters that he wanted Apple to make the parts in the United States.
"When I heard that they were going to build in China, I said that when you send your product to the United States, we will be taxing you."
Last week, Apple sent a request to the US Trade Representative, saying that certain components for the $ 6,000 Mac Pro desktop computer could only be sourced from China and should be exempt from US tariffs.
The move comes in the midst of frictions between the two economic powers, trying to start unsuccessful negotiations to end a trade war.
Trump has threatened to slash penalties on multiple items to push Beijing to accept more imports and improve the protection of US intellectual property.
Trump praised Apple CEO Tim Cook and said he was someone "I have a lot of taste and respect."
"We will find out. I think they will announce that they will build a facility in Texas. If they do, I will be very happy," he said.