President Donald Trump announced Friday night, Aug. 17, that he was having dinner with Apple CEO Tim Cook, noting that Apple “will be spending vast sums of money in the U.S. Great!”
Having dinner tonight with Tim Cook of Apple. They will be spending vast sums of money in the U.S. Great!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2019
The dinner came after the president announced he would delay tariffs on Chinese goods that were supposed to go into effect in September, including the tariffs on iPhone, Apple computers.
“We’re doing this for the Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers,” President Trump told reporters during a trip to New Jersey on Tuesday. “So far they’ve had virtually none,” according to the Business Insider.
In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was planning to move production of its Mac Pro from Texas to China, prompting the president to warn, “Apple will not be given Tariff wavers, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!”
President Trump has called on Apple to make more devices and build plants in the United States since he was a presidential contender.
Apple reported this week that the company “is responsible for creating and supporting 2.4 million US jobs across all 50 states, four times the number of American jobs attributable to the company eight year ago.”
Apple also said it spent $60 billion with 9,000 American component suppliers and companies in 2018, supporting more than 450,000 jobs and it “is on pace to directly contribute $350 billion to the US economy,” creating “20,000 new jobs across the US by 2023.”