Apple will not be given tariff wavers or relief for Mac Pro parts made in China: Trump

WION Web Team Washington Jul 26, 2019, 08.17 PM(IST)

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Trump added that Apple should make the Mac Pro parts in the United States.

US president in a tweet said that Apple will no longer be given tariff waivers or relief for Mac Pro parts which were made in China.

"Make them in the USA, no tariffs!" the US president tweeted. Apple shares dipped slightly as Trump tweeted. 

A report in the Wall Street Journal last month had said that Apple was planning to shift production of Mac Pro computers to China amid the escalating trade war between the US and China.

Several experts felt the move could anger President Trump who has been pressing US companies to make things in America.


On Google, the US president tweeted, saying: "There may or may not be national security concerns with regard to Google and their relationship with China," adding, "if there is a problem, we will find out about it. I sincerely hope there is not!!!

In another report, Nikkei Asian Review had said that Apple Inc had asked its major suppliers to assess the cost implications of moving 15 per cent to 30 per cent of its production capacity from China to Southeast Asia to prepare for the restructuring of its supply chain due to the US-China trade spat.

Several iPhone assemblers including Foxconn, Pegatron Corp, Wistron Corp were reportedly asked to evaluate options outside of China with Mexico, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia being the hot favourites, with Nikkei quoting sources to cite that India and Vietnam were among the frontrunners for smartphones.


Trump's latest tweet comes in the backdrop of US Attorney General William Barr statement in which he said that "bipartisan group had held discussions centred on big tech companies stifling competition on the internet".

The US Justice Department had said that it was opening an investigation of major digital technology firms.