Tim Cook to meet with President Trump as China tensions rise

Tim Cook to meet with President Trump as China tensions rise

President Donald Trump met with Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook on Wednesday (April 25) to discuss trade issues as the technology industry grapples with a U.S. spat over import tariffs with China, a manufacturing hub for the iPhone maker and other companies.

A White House official said later the meeting had concluded, but there was no word yet on details of the discussions.

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"We will be talking about many things, including how the USA has been treated unfairly for many years, by many countries, on trade", Trump tweeted ahead of the meeting.

Apple and other hardware makers have deep ties with China, where they build most of their products for export around the world. Still, the threat of broader consequences to Apple's production chain has hung over the company.

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"Applying tariffs on imports from China will certainly disrupt those supply chains", said a letter to lawmakers signed by a few dozen trade groups a couple of weeks ago. As BuzzFeed News' Jon Passantino reports, a copy of the president's schedule shows Cook will meet with Trump in the Oval Office at 1:45 p.m. local time. To reach an additional $100 billion, a Reuters analysis found Washington may have to target cellphones, computers and other consumer goods, prompting price rises at Apple Stores and other USA retailers. Sales of iPhones in China - a massive, emerging market where there are plenty of cheaper alternatives - are an ongoing concern for Apple analysts and investors.

Cook and the president have a complicated relationship.

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Marking the arrival ceremony for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte's visit, Trump opted for one of her go-to shoe brands, Louboutin's famed So Kate shoes in denim, which featured a stark white heel and the designer's signature red sole. The CEO was in D.C. on Tuesday for the state dinner, where he brought Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson.

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