Trump, Cook Have Dinner, Likely Discussed Tariffs

Apple CEO Tim Cook during Mac

Donald Trump said he was having dinner with Apple CEO Tim Cook last Friday, although he didn’t say what the topic of conversation would be. Considering Trump is imposing tariffs on products and materials imported from China, there’s a good chance the impact that will have on Apple was a big part of the discussion.

Apple CEO Tim Cook during Mac

Trump announced the dinner in on Twitter.

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The Trump administration is imposing tariffs on a long list of imports from China worth over US$200 billion. Cook criticized the tariffs, calling them a tax on consumers. During Apple’s third quarter earnings conference call Cook said,

Our view on tariffs is that they show up as a tax on the consumer and wind up resulting in lower economic growth, and sometimes bring about significant risk and unintended consequences.

Cook’s concern is a pretty good indicator that tariffs were at least part of the discussion. It’s unlikely Cook could convinced Trump to drop the tariffs, so he probably tried to get an exemption, or at least a reduction in the impact they’ll have on Apple.

One thought on “Trump, Cook Have Dinner, Likely Discussed Tariffs

  • Jeff:

    It’s a good bet that they discussed tariffs, and that minds were not changed.

    It’s also a good bet that they discussed the WTO (World Trade Organisation), which the POTUS has threatened to pull out of, and that TC may have reminded him that the US has been the primary user and beneficiary of adjudication/dispute resolution at the WTO (one can Google the public record), to the benefit of companies like Apple, and that, should the USA pull out, most experts predict that the USA, no longer a participant, could be on the receiving end of discriminatory and unfair practices by other countries. Oh, and would not be able to take those practices to the WTO for redress.

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