Trump: No Tariff Waivers for Apple, 'Make Them in the USA'

By Michael W. Chapman | July 26, 2019 | 12:19pm EDT
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In response to Apple's request that some of its Mac Pro parts -- now made in Communist China -- be exempt from tariffs, President Trump said no, and urged the $365 billion company to make its parts "in the USA."

In June, Apple moved production of its Mac Pro to Communist China. This month, Apple requested U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to exempt certain parts of the Mac Pro from tariffs. Apple had earlier requested an exemption for its hughely popular iPhone.


In a July 26 tweet, President Trump said, "Apple will not be given tariff waivers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!"

"The tech giant has tapped Taiwanese contractor Quanta Computer Inc. to manufacture the $6,000 desktop computer [Mac Pro] and is ramping up production at a factory near Shanghai," reported the Wall Street Journal in June.  "Apple can save on shipping costs for components given the proximity of many of its suppliers to Shanghai, rather than having to supply a factory in the U.S."

Also, "manufacturing labor costs in China, though rising, still remain much lower than in the U.S., said Paul Gagnon, a consumer-electronics analyst with IHS Markit," as reported in the WSJ. 

Currently, it is estimated that 2 million Uighur Muslims are being held in concentration camps in Communist China. In addition, relgious persecution of other faiths is widespread in the totalitarian state. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


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