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President Donald Trump has commented on rumors that he and his administration look into the purchase of Greenland, while journalists, outside of the Marine One on Sunday.
President Trump told reporters on Sunday that Apple CEO Tim Cook privacy is a very convincing argument” that the administration of the customs duties on imports of Chinese gathered, have an unfair influence on the Californian tech giant, as its chief rival, Samsung, has carried out most of its production in South Korea and not to pay the levy.
The President also gave a stern warning to China, saying it is perhaps an end to the trade war, if the government resorts to violence to crush protesters in Hong Kong.
Trump announced last week he’d hinted at the delay of important new duties on China for three months, and his latest comments that more concessions may be in the near future. The new ten-percent-rates had been scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1, and touched Apple’s signature iPhones and iPads have.
In may, Trump duties increased to around 200 billion dollars in Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent, but later mixed steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico. In June, China, its retaliatory duties migrated to the United States by more than 15 percent.
“I had a very good meeting with Tim Cook,” Trump said in an airport in New Jersey, on the way back to the White house. “I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook, and Tim was talking to me about the rates. And one of the things, and he made a good case, is that Samsung is their number-one competitor, and Samsung is not the payment of rates, because they are from South Korea.”
Trump continued: “It is the rates is not hard to pay for Apple too, if you are in the competition with a very good company. I said, ‘How good of a competitor?’ He said that you are a very good competitor. … I thought he made a very convincing argument, so I’m thinking about.”
Cooking and Trump have met several times in the past year. Earlier in the day, Trump had sounded a note of optimism on China, tweeting, “We are doing very well with China, and to talk to!”
The Trump administration and some prominent Democrats have long said that China engages in unfair trade practices, including stealing U.S. intellectual property. The office of the US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, said the state-sanctioned Chinese IP theft in the US could cost companies between $225 billion and $ 600 billion a year.
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At the airport, the President of a tougher stance took to the social media. He warned that a trade deal would be possible if the Chinese government proposed a violent crack down on protesters in Hong Kong, the protest largely against a delivery bill, which would allow Hong Kong’s government, certain deliveries on the Chinese mainland.
“I think it would be very difficult to treat, if not violence, I mean, if it said another square of heavenly peace” Trump. “I think it is to do a very hard thing to do, if there is violence.”
The President has dismissed weekend reports that the U.S. is open for business with the Chinese Telecom giant Huawei. The United States, the company had made an export blacklist in June, citing national security concerns, amid concerns that it worked with Chinese espionage networks.
Reuters and The Wall Street Journal reported that the White house was planning to announce on Monday a 90-day extension of a license allows Huawei service offer for US customers. The temporary extension should allow the company to fulfill orders, before the blacklist will take effect.
“I don’t want to do business, because it is a threat to national security” Trump told reporters. “We’ll see what happens. I am to make a decision tomorrow.”
These comments echoed Trump’s comments at the White house last week.
A protester holds a sign with the inscription: “draws you to promote slowly Back”, to leave other protesters near the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong on Sunday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
“We are told not do business with Huawei” Trump at the time. “And, have I really made the decision. It is not much simpler, will not do business with Huawei. … That does not mean that we agree with, only if and when we have a trade deal.”
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But the President of the messaging was not always consistent in the matter. In June, after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump had suggested that “we sell hold”, Huawei, prompted the administration officials walk back the proposal.
While Apple of his political capital focused on maintaining its profit margins. In June, the company Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative wrote, to insist, to keep track of the administration-tariffs against China.
“The proposed tariff list relates to all Apple products, such as iPhone, iPad, Mac, AirPods, and AppleTV, as well as the parts and batteries used to repair products in the United States,” Apple said.
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“The U.S. tariffs on Apple products would continue in result for a reduction of the Apple-US-economic-contribution” to the company. “The U.S. tariffs would also weigh on Apple’s global competitiveness. The Chinese producers, we compete with global markets through a significant presence in the U.S. market, and so would not be affected by the US tariffs.”
Apple did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment late Sunday. In a public press release on Thursday, before the Cook’s dinner with trump, Apple its growing investment in the US economy highlighted.
“A significant part of the jobs, the Apple support in the United States are to be found in the booming app economy, which is currently responsible for 1.9 million American jobs-an increase of 325,000 in the last two and a half years,” Apple writes in the release.end
The company noted that it directly “employs around 90,000 people in all 50 States, putting the company on the path to create 20,000 new jobs in the U.S. until 2023.”
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For his part, Trump seemed to be receptive to the overtures, even before his latest face-to-face with the CEO of Apple.
“The dinner tonight with Tim Cook of Apple. They spend huge sums of money in the US-Great!” Trump tweeted on Friday night from Bedminster, New Jersey, where the two dined last August.