Donald Trump took to Twitter earlier today and said that Apple will not get a tax exemption for its impending Mac Pro. Apple, if you remember, requested the US Trade Representative's Office of Exemption earlier this month after the company chose to move production from Texas to China. The tariff in question will impose a 25% fee on selected components and parts for Mac Pro.
"Apple will not be granted customs relief, or relief, for Mac Pro parts made in China," reads Trump's tweet. "Do them in the US, no tariffs!"
By the way, some other Apple products have managed to avoid Trump's tariffs, with AirPods and Apple Watch as two major exceptions.
According to previous comments from Trump, exceptions will be available when companies show that important parts for relevant products can only be obtained in China and are not "strategically important" for Chinese industrial programs. Apple tried to quarrel just as much in the filing with the US Trade Representative's office, but Trump did not appear to be sufficiently convincing.
Apple formerly produced the Mac Pro garbage bag in Texas, making it the only major Apple device made in the United States. Production problems, however, caused Apple to roll back production to China with regard to the new Mac Pro cheese grinder. If you remember, a piece from from the New York Times revealed that Texas production was plagued by even simple problems, with inadequate screwdriver as a good example.
The new Mac Pro will be scheduled for later this year at a base price of $ 5,999.