Tim Cook, Trump Meet at White House to Talk Trade

Tim Cook, Trump Meet at White House to Talk Trade

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.

"Looking forward to my meeting with Tim Cook of Apple".

Trump in March vowed to impose about $50 billion of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports, prompting China to retaliate with tariffs on about $3 billion of United States imports.

The two are likely to discuss the rising tensions surrounding a possible trade war between the USA and China, where many of Apple's products and components are manufactured. China retaliated against an initial round of $50 billion in tariffs.

Throughout recent months, Trump has lauded Cook for investing more than $350 billion back into the country after the administration implemented the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, among other things, lowered the corporate tax rate to 21% from the previous rate of 35%. Trump then threatened $100 billion in additional levies. The company's sprawling production chain is centered in China.

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CNN reported Tuesday that multiple sources said that Mr. Trump has increasingly used his personal cellphone to contact outside advisers, circumventing the White House switchboard and making his calls less obvious to his chief of staff, John Kelly, while also putting his communications and data at risk of being compromised.

Reps. Ted Lieu of Arizona and Ruben Gallego of Arizona raised their concerns in a letter sent to the agencies in the wake of CNN reporting Tuesday that Mr. Trump has increasingly relied on his personal cellphone recently in lieu of placing calls through the White House switchboard, potentially putting the president's sensitive communications at risk of being intercepted and exploited.

Trump might try to get Cook to produce iPhones in the US, which Apple will nearly certainly not do. He has clashed with the tech sector on a wide variety of issues including trade, immigration and the environment.

The meeting, which the White House said had been in the works for a couple of weeks, came the day after Cook sat at Trump's head table at his first state dinner, held in honour of French President Emmanuel Macron. He was also among business leaders who criticized Trump after the president cast equal blame on white nationalists and anti-racism activists for violence past year in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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