US President Donald Trump has called on Apple Inc. to shift production to the US and out of China, reviving a longstanding criticism and pressuring the technology firm to help fulfill the administration’s economic goal of restoring American manufacturing.
In a tweet on Saturday, Trump said that if Apple wants to avoid tariffs on its products, it should make those devices in the US rather than China. “Start building new plants now. Exciting!” he wrote.
“Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China – but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive. Make your products in the United States instead of China. Start building new plants now,” Trump wrote.
Apple, the world’s largest technology companies by revenue, said in a letter this week to the US Trade Representative that a proposed additional round of tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports would raise…