President Donald J. Trump is reportedly scheduled to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook and tour the company’s facility in Texas and highlight companies that have historically shipped jobs overseas, but are now bringing them back to America thanks to Trump’s pro-business, America First policies.
“The trip, which has not yet been announced, would highlight Cook’s strong relationship with Trump as he seeks further relief for Apple from U.S. tariffs on imports from China,” Reuters said. “The tariffs are part of a prolonged, tit-for-tat trade war between the world’s largest economies.”
In September, Apple committed to manufacturing its next Mac Pro laptop in Texas, which many viewed as a good faith gesture on behalf of the CEO. Trump has promised to keep the tariff pressure on for as long as necessary to bring jobs back to the United States.
Apple said in a statement at the time:
The new Mac Pro will include components designed, developed and manufactured by more than a dozen American companies for distribution to US customers. Manufacturers and suppliers across Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont, including Intersil and ON Semiconductor, are providing advanced technology. The US manufacturing of Mac Pro is made possible following a federal product exclusion Apple is receiving for certain necessary components. The value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro.
Recently, the Trump administration and the CEO came to an agreement on some of the tariffs that have been levied against the company.
“The announcement came days after U.S. trade regulators approved 10 out of 15 requests for tariff exemptions filed by Apple amid a broader reprieve on levies on computer parts,” Reuters said. “Earlier this month, Apple also asked the Trump administration to waive tariffs on Chinese-made Apple Watches, iPhone components and other consumer products, according to filings with trade regulators.”
Trump, often derided by his political enemies over his tariff policy, which they claim hurts Americans, has managed to get himself a large win by bringing a major Silicon Valley player over to his side. Reuters reported that the pair has a strong working relationship.
“Tariff relief for Apple came after the Trump and Cook dined together in August, and Trump said Cook ‘made a good case’ that tariffs could hurt the company against South Korean rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, whose products would not be subject to the same levies,” the report said.
Macrumors said that Apple plans to invest $350 billion in the United States economy by 2023.
Despite the fact that Trump and Cook are working together on trade, the deal was made amid a backdrop of Big Tech censorship in Silicon Valley, something that has yet to be addressed by the Trump administration. Many conservatives, including our own Laura Loomer, have been banned from Big Tech platforms. Gab.com, a microblogging site billed as a Twitter alternative, was banned from Apple’s iOS store, for example. Likewise, Alex Jones and InfoWars’ content was banned from Apple’s iTunes store.