President Trump will be visiting Apple’s Mac Pro factory in Austin on Wednesday, 20th November. Apple announced in September that the latest Mac Pro dubbed as cheese grater will be manufactured in Texas, the same facility where Mac Pro had been made since 2013.
The Trump administration has imposed a 10% tariff on another $300 billion Chinese imports on 1st September. However, the second round of tax on some electronic gadgets, including laptops, is also around the corner i.e., 15th December. It could raise the price graph of Apple’s lineup as well.
Some U.S. companies have readily reported about the adverse impacts of the US trade war with China. As per recent meetings, Mr. Trump’s planned tour could bring tax exemption favors to the company.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has already shown his concern about the increase in tariff in August while meeting Mr. Trump. He further stated that the increased priced would make it difficult for them to compete with its biggest Android competitor – Samsung.
After the meeting, the following remarks of Mr. Trump showed his positive attitude regarding this issue:
“I thought he made a very compelling argument, so I’m thinking about it,”
Moreover, the President aims to minimize China-based production and to bring manufacturing in the US. This statement is enough to show his concerns about Apple’s manufacturing policies.
“Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States,” He further stated, “Instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here.”
The coming tour will reflect the Trump administration support to Apple and American jobs. The White House has only confirmed the president’s visit but the presence of Cook or other members of Apple’s executive team is yet to be announced by Apple. However, such a high-profile visit could bring much good to the company, and we are expecting to see Apple’s executives on the board.
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CORRECTION: The news previously stated $300 instead of $300 billion.