President Trump told reporters Sunday that Apple CEO Tim Cook made a private "very convincing argument" that the administration's tariffs on goods collected in China had an unfair impact on the California-based tech giant, because its main competitor, Samsung, ran most of its production in South Korea and did not have to pay the fee.
The president also issued a stern warning to China, saying there could be no end to a trade war if the government resorted to "violence" to crush demonstrators in Hong Kong.
Trump announced last week that he would delay major new tariffs on China is three months away, with recent comments suggesting more concessions are coming in. The new ten percent tariffs are set to go into effect on September 1
In May, Trump raised tariffs by about $ 200 billion for Chinese st from 25 percent to 25 percent but later steel and aluminum tariffs for Canada and Mexico. In June, China raised its tariffs against the United States by more than 15 percent.
"I had a very good meeting with Tim Cook," Trump told New Jersey airport on the way back to the White House. "I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook and Tim told me about the tariffs. And one of the things he made a good case is that Samsung is their number one competitor and Samsung doesn't pay tariffs because they are based in South Korea. "
Trump went on:" It's hard for Apple to pay tariffs if it competes with a very good company that isn't. I said, 'How good is a competitor?' He said they were a very good competitor … I thought he made a very convincing argument, so I'm thinking. "
Earlier in the day, Trump emitted a touch of optimism about China, chirping, " We're doing very well with China and talking! "
The Trump administration, along with some prominent Democrats have long said that China engages in unfair commercial practices, including theft of US intellectual property, the US Trade Representative said that IP theft could cost US companies between $ 225 billion and $ 600 billion annually.
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At the airport, however, the president took a tougher stance, warning that a trade deal would not be possible if the Chinese government used force to take action against protesters in Hong Kong, who are largely protesting an extradition bill proposed by the Hong Kong government that will allow some extraditions in mainland China.  "I think it would be very difficult to deal with if they commit violence, I mean, if it is another Tianannam Square," Trump said. "I think it's very difficult to do if there is violence."
The president also rejected reports over the weekend that the US is open to doing business with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. The US blacklisted the company in June, citing national security concerns amid concerns it was working with Chinese spy networks.
Reuters and The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House plans to announce on Monday a 90-day extension to a license allowing Huawei to provide US customer service. The temporary extension will be designed to allow the company to execute orders placed before the blacklist enters into force.
"I don't want to do business at all because it's a threat to national security," Trump told reporters. "We'll see what happens. I make a decision tomorrow. "
These remarks resonate with Trump's comments at the White House last week.
"We will not do business with Huawei," Trump said then. "And I really made the decision. It's much simpler to not do any business with Huawei. … This does not mean that we will not agree to something if and when we make a trade deal. "
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, Trump suggested that we "continue to sell" to Huawei, prompting administration officials to return the proposal.
Throughout the period, Apple focused its political capital on maintaining its profit margins. In June, the company wrote to US sales representative Robert Lighthouse
"The proposed tariff list covers all major Apple products, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods and AppleTV, as well as parts and batteries used to repair products in the United States , "Apple stated.
" US tariffs on Apple products could reduce Apple's economic contribution to the US, "the company continued." USA. tariffs would also weigh on Apple's global competitiveness. Chinese manufacturers competing in global markets do not have a significant presence on the US market and therefore would not be affected by US tariffs. "
In a public statement Thursday, before Cook's dinner with Trump, Apple highlighted its growing investment in the US economy.
" A significant number of jobs that Apple maintains in the US are in a thriving application economy, which is currently responsible for 1.9 million jobs in the US – an increase of 325,000 in the last two and a half years, "Apple said in a statement.
The company noted that it "directly hires 90,000 employees in all 50 states, setting the company on track to create 20,000 new jobs in the US by 2023"  Click here to get the FOX NEWS application For his part, Trump seems receptive to overtures even before his last face-to-face with Apple's CEO.
"Dinner Tonight With Tim The Apple Chef. They will spend huge minds money in the US great! Trump tweeted on Friday night in Bedminster, New Jersey, where they also had dinner last August.