Trump tells Apple to make products in US to avoid China tariffs

The Trump administration is poised to impose 25 percent penalties this week on $200bn worth of Chinese goods

President Trump tweeted on Saturday that Apple should manufacture its products in the U.S., instead of China.

AirPods headphones, some of Apple's Beats headphones, and its new HomePod smart speaker also face levies as part of proposed 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, according to an unsigned letter the company submitted on Wednesday to U.S. officials as part of a public comment period.

The president's tweet comes just days after Apple sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative raising concerns that the additional tariffs that the president proposed would be bad for business.

Most comments were from companies seeking to remove products from the tariff list, arguing there were few, if any alternative sources and the duties would cause financial hardship.

The tariffs are top of mind for Apple chief executive Tim Cook, who has personally lobbied Trump for months on issues of taxes and trade, even dining with the president and first lady Melania Trump at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, last month. "We hope, instead, that you will reconsider these measures and work to find other, more effective solutions that leave the USA economy and USA consumer stronger and healthier than ever before".

Apple is highly exposed to a trade war between the U.S. and China.

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US President Donald Trump's administration has threatened 25 percent tariffs on the Chinese imports, including seafood, furniture, lighting products, tires, chemicals and plastics. Earlier speculation was that those tariffs, proposed in July, would take effect in early October, though trade associations have been gearing up for the announcement to come as early as the end of this week.

The Commerce Ministry expressed confidence Thursday that China can maintain "steady and healthy" economic growth despite the trade pressure.

If the administration does go ahead with another round of tariffs on Chinese products, it would mark the third set put into motion so far this year.

Washington has long criticised China's huge trade surplus with the United States and has demanded Beijing reduce it.

The value of the Chinese yuan has dropped as the trade war with the United States has escalated. The company said on its website that it spent over $50 billion for goods purchased from USA suppliers a year ago.

The letter did not mention the iPhone, which accounted for about two-thirds of Apple's $229 billion in revenue in its most recent fiscal year.

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