Trump says Apple won't be exempt from tariffs for products made in China

Trump says Apple won't be exempt from tariffs for products made in China
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE on Friday rejected Apple's request to exempt parts of its new Mac Pro from import tariffs after the company said it is planning to move some production to China.

"Apple will not be given Tariff waivers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China," Trump tweeted. "Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!"

Apple shares dipped immediately after Trump's tweet.


In filings made public this week, Apple asked the U.S. trade representative's office to exclude components of Apple's new Mac Pro from the list of products that could be hit by tariffs of 25 percent amid Trump's ongoing trade war with Beijing.

The Mac Pro has been manufactured in the U.S. for the past several years, but Apple last month moved some production of the devices to China.

Apple has increasingly found itself at the center of the U.S.-China trade war as its products land on lists expected to be hit by significant tariffs.

The U.S. and China have been engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war for the last several months, with the Trump administration levying billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese goods and Beijing imposing retaliatory duties on American products.

The geopolitical struggle has been a test of Apple CEO Tim Cook's clout within the Trump administration. The president has often professed his admiration for Cook and touted his work on a White House workforce council. But Trump's tweet Friday indicates their personal relationship might not protect Apple from being swept up in the trade war.

Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on another $300 billion worth of Chinese imports, which, if implemented, would affect the iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, AppleTV and more. Apple last month asked the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to exclude those products from Trump’s tariff hit list, arguing the cost would harm Apple’s ability to compete with Chinese companies such as Huawei and chip away at the American company's ability to contribute to the U.S. economy. 

The price for Apple products would likely spike if the tariffs are implemented. 

U.S. Trade Representative Robert LighthizerRobert (Bob) Emmet LighthizerOn The Money: Economy adds 164K jobs in July | Trump signs two-year budget deal, but border showdown looms | US, EU strike deal on beef exports Chinese, US negotiators fine-tuning details of trade agreement: report The Trump economy keeps roaring ahead MORE and Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSchumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy Trump hypes China trade deal as new doubts emerge MORE will travel to Shanghai on Tuesday to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He for the first high-level, in-person trade negotiating session since talks collapsed in May.

—Updated at 3:49 p.m. Emily Birnbaum contributed.