Tim Cook to meet with Trump: Will they talk China?

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends the annual session of China Development Forum 2018 at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing China Marc

Apple CEO Tim Cook attends the annual session of China Development Forum 2018 at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing China Marc

Deeper conflict with China could put Apple in the middle of a costly trade war.

Representatives for the White House also did not immediately reply.

CEO of Apple Tim Cook arrives with Lisa Jackson, former EPA head and now an Apple vice president, in the Booksellers Area of the White House to attend a state dinner honoring France's President Emmanuel Macron.

As for what Trump and Cook will discuss is anyone's guess, though economic and trade issues are likely.

Spokesmen for the White House and Apple did not respond when asked for details on the meeting. But the second could have a more direct impact on U.S. shoppers by targeting cellphones, computers and other consumer goods and prompting price increases at Apple stores and other USA retailers.

Cook and the president have a complicated relationship.

In addition to his concerns about trade, Cook has publicly objected to the president's decision to end a programme protecting from deportation young immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children.

Last month, Trump slapped $50 billion worth of tariffs on 1,300 Chinese products, reflecting the high technology items in the USA that have been targeted by China as part of its "Made in China 2025" campaign. He attended the glitzy event with Lisa Jackson, Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.

Throughout recent months, Trump has lauded Cook for investing more than $350 billion back into the country after the administration implemented the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, among other things, lowered the corporate tax rate to 21% from the previous rate of 35%.

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