Trump rejects Apple request for tariff relief on Mac Pro parts
Donald Trump has rejected Apple’s request for tariff relief on computer parts made in China, saying that the company should make the parts in the US if it wants to avoid levies.
The iPhone maker has formally asked for exclusion for certain parts made in China, including its Magic Trackpad and a power supply unit. In filings to the US executive branch Apple’s lawyers declared that the various components could not be made in the US and were “not strategically important or related to” Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” initiative.
Mr Trump tweeted on Friday: “Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!”
The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Apple was relocating the final assembly of its Mac Pro computer from Texas to China.
The Nikkei Asian Review reported last month that Apple was exploring the idea of relocating up to 30 per cent of its manufacturing capacity from China to south-east Asia
The president also tweeted on Friday about Google, two weeks after conservative tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel said that the search giant should be investigated for treason: “There may or may not be National Security concerns with regard to Google and their relationship with China. If there is a problem, we will find out about it. I sincerely hope there is not!!!”
In an earlier tweet on July 16, Mr Trump had called Mr Thiel a “brilliant guy who knows this subject better than anyone!”