U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will not allow Apple to load china on Chinese-made parts for the Mac Pro computer.
David Shepardson and Susan Heavey for Reuters:
“Apple will not be granted tariff relief or relief for Mac Pro parts made in China. Make them in the US, no tariffs! ”Trump tweeted.
Apple will not be offered a tariff disclaimer or relief for Mac Pro parts made in China. Do them in the US, no tariffs!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
Apple representatives had no immediate comment. Shares in the company sharpened their gains sharply following Trump's tweets.
On July 18, Apple asked the U.S. Commerce Representative's office to waive 25% duty on 15 parts, including those for the Mac Pro desktop computer.
The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Apple is moving production of its new Mac Pro desktop computer to China from Texas … Apple said in its submission to the U.S. Commerce Representative's office that the products were part of an electronic consumer device and "not strategic important or related to Chinese industrial programs, such as "Made in China 2020."
MacDailyNews Take: Again, this was an obvious result. Just from a public relations standpoint, Apple obviously should not have even asked for such a waiver in the current political climate.
Against that backdrop, given just an astonishing look, there is a poor public relations look in the United States for Apple to cash production from Texas to China while asking for a "tax cut." This is how the average schmo on the street will see this. – MacDailyNews, July 23, 2019