President Trump says Apple will not be exempt from tariffs on parts it makes in China for its Mac Pro computer, so exports to America's Veuer Justin Kircher have the story.
President Donald Trump announced he was having dinner with Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday.
"Have dinner tonight with Apple's Tim Cook. They'll spend big bucks in the US!" tweeted Trump who is on work vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
In March, Cook attended a White House meeting and Trump called him "Tim Apple." The hashtag #TimApple was trending shortly after Trump's tweet Friday, and some responded to ask Trump if he meant Tim Apple.
Days after the March meeting, Trump said he did not make a mistake, calling him "Tim Apple" as a time-saving measure.
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This week, the Trump administration announced that tariffs on iPhone, Apple computers and Other items were delayed until December.
"We are doing this this Christmas, just in case some of the tariffs will have an impact on US customers," Trump said Tuesday. "So far, they have had almost none."
During an advisory board meeting for American labor policy in the White House, President Trump incorrectly stated the Apple name.
Customs will continue to take effect September 1 for Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod and other items on a 121-page list.
Last month, Trump said he would not grant exemption or relief on tariffs rated to Apple for parts on Mac Pro computers.
Apple announced this week that the company "is responsible for creating and supporting 2.4 million US jobs in all 50 states, four times as many U.S. jobs as attributable to the company eight years ago."
Apple also said that it spent $ 60 billion with 9,000 US component suppliers and companies in 2018, supporting more than 450,000 jobs
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