Trump Says Apple With Not Get Tariff Exemption for New Mac Pro


In a tweet, the President said that his administration will not grant the tech-giant any relief on Mac Pro parts made in China.

"Make them in the U.S., no Tariffs!", Mr. Trump tweeted.

The tariffs are 25% on certain parts, which means that customers might be footing the bill.

Trump later informed reporters he assumed Apple would build a plant in Texas, devoid of elaborating on accurately what he was referring to or how he understood.

Apple is reportedly moving Mac Pro production because it is having trouble finding enough skilled labor to assemble the computer in Texas.

For years, the president has tried to press the tech company to make more of its products in the U.S. Apple had previously assembled its Mac Pro in the U.S. but made a decision to shift production to China, The Wall Street Journal reported in June.

"Final assembly is only one part of the manufacturing process", Apple said in a statement at the time. Production for the new Mac Pro is said to be taking place in China because that's the only source of certain proprietary components.

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The reaction probably would have been different had Trump made it clear that the tariffs will be applied to Apple's top-selling product, the iPhone, which has always been assembled in China.

Trump has championed companies making products in the US.

Apple hasn't commented on the tweet.

Earlier this month, Apple filed requests with the Office of the US Trade Representative, asking for some parts to be excluded from the planned tariffs.

Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner in December 2013 introduced the business was building the Mac Professional in Texas soon after coming beneath criticism for assembling most of its merchandise in decreased-wage nations.

Apple does not disclose sales figures for its Mac Pro, but analysts do not believe it is a high-volume seller for the company compared to the iPhone. The iPhone maker - whose vast and complex supply chain sees some products assembled in America, while others are put together overseas - has recently sought an exemption to duties imposed on the device. It also said the component "is not strategically important or related to "Made in China 2025" or other Chinese industrial programs".