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no Apple tariff waiver, relief for Mac Pro parts manufactured in China



US President Donald Trump speaks with Apple CEO Tim Cook (L) during the first US Labor Force Advisory Board meeting in the White House dining room in Washington, DC, March 6, 2019.

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In a tweet on Friday, President Trump said his administration would not give Apple any relief on Mac Pro parts made in China.

"Apple will not be given tollwaves (sic), or relief, for Mac Pro parts made in China," said President Trump. "Do them in the US, no tariffs!"

Shares of Apple dipped a bit on the tweet.

Apple refused to comment.

Apple requested tariff exemptions on Mac Pro. Apple said it would be exempt from some parts it uses for the new Mac Pro, including a power supply, stainless steel enclosure, ready-made mouse and trackpad and circuit board.

"There are no other sources for this proprietary, Apple-designed component," Apple said in a submission.

In June, Apple said tariffs on products would reduce its contribution to the US economy. In a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Apple said the tariffs would "also weigh on Apple's global competitiveness" since Chinese companies are competing with Apple's products. Trump met Apple CEO Tim Cook in June to discuss trading.

Financial Advisor Larry Kudlow told the White House press pool that Trump has urged Tim Cook to move operations out of China, but that it is "up to Mr. Cook" and that if Apple moves any of its Chinese operations to The United States, it would be "a very good thing."

The new Mac Pro was announced in June at Apple's annual developer conference. It replaces the older Mac Pro, which was built in Texas. It is sold this fall.


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