Trump says Apple can avoid tariffs by shifting production to US


A message left with Apple's press office seeking comment on Trump's remarks was not immediately returned.

"The $200 billion we are talking about could take place very soon depending on what happens with them".

"That changes the equation", he added.

A part of Apple's letter, which was first reported on by Bloomberg, reads, "It is hard to see how tariffs that hurt US companies and USA consumers will advance the Government's objectives with respect to China's technology policies".

That list includes some consumer products, like cameras, luggage and tires and they'd be subject to tariffs of 10-25 percent.

On Friday (September 8), Kudlow also told Bloomberg the administration would consider public comments before making a final call on the 200 billion list.

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In the letter, Apple says the tariff list "covers a wide range of Apple products and the products used in our United States operations", including the Mac Mini, Apple power adaptors, cables, the Apple Watch, the Apple Pencil and Air Pods.

China's exports and imports rose at a sharply slower pace in August, but its global trade surplus remained stable at Dollars 27.9 billion amid a heated United States trade war, official figures showed Saturday.

AirPods headphones, some of Apple's Beats headphones and its new HomePod smart speaker also face levies as part of the proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, according to the letter submitted on Wednesday.

Still, Apple's business would no doubt face some serious headwinds due to possible tariffs, and Apple continued on to say: "Our concern with these tariffs is that the U.S. will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower United States growth and competitiveness and higher prices for USA consumers". But, as the Guardian noted, Trump's tariffs are not working.

Computer and phone makers are involved in a global supply chain that includes Chinese manufacturing, and that can not be easily excluded without harm to USA companies, Intel said in a letter to the trade representative.

China's trade surplus with the United States reached a record $31 billion in August, despite hefty tariffs recently imposed on Chinese goods.