US President Donald Trump on Friday July 26th denied intentions to grant Apple Inc waivers for tariffs on parts manufactured in China, a week after Apple asked the US to waive some of these tariffs.
Trump said that no tariffs would be imposed on the Mac Pro parts if they turned to be made in the US instead of China.
"Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!" Trump tweeted.
"I want Apple to build their plants in the United States. I don't want them to build them in China. So when I heard they were going to build it in China, I said, 'No, that's OK, you can build it in China but when you send your product into the United States we're going to tariff you," he said.
"We'll work it out," he said. "I think they're going to announce that they're going to build a plant in Texas. And if they do that, I'm starting to get very happy."
Trump's remarks deny a request by Apple on July 18 to remove 25% tariffs on 15 parts, including parts for the Mac Pro desktop computer.
In June this year, Apple announced that it will move production of its Mac Pro computer to China, ending to the company’s last major product assembly in the US, the New York Times reported. The move comes following a year of trade tension between the US and China.