WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) — U.S. President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook are expected to visit the Apple plant in Texas as early as next week, according to foreign media reports. to show companies that keep jobs in the U.S.
The trip has yet to be announced, but it could highlight Cook’s strong relationship with Trump. Cook now wants to apply for more tariff exemptions for Apple products. Apple declined to comment. A White House spokesman said the office has no timetable for the announcement.
Apple said in September that it would build a new Mac Pro desktop computer in Austin, Texas, which was previously made by a foundry. A few days ago, U.S. trade regulators approved 10 of Apple’s 15 applications for tariff exemptions, and a broader exemption was granted for a tax on computer parts.
Mr. Trump has made boosting U.S. manufacturing one of his goals during his presidency and has put pressure on U.S. companies on Twitter to keep jobs at home, but his tariff actions have hurt U.S. companies in turn.
Apple’s tax break came after Trump and Cook dined together in August. Mr. Trump said Mr. Cook had “good reason” to say that tariffs could undermine Apple’s ability to compete with South Korea, whose products will not be subject to the same tariffs.
The visit will not be Trump’s first trip to Texas to sell U.S. manufacturing jobs. He visited the Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado last month, accompanied by his daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka and LVMH executives. (Book)