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Apple's Tim Cook meets with Trump as tariffs loom

In this image, Tim Cook and Trump sit next to each other at a long table in the White House, both wearing suits.
Apple CEO Tim Cook listens to President Trump at a 2017 White House meeting. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with President Trump at the White House on Thursday.

Driving the news: It's not clear what was discussed, but it's hard to believe trade relations with China wasn't on the agenda — given the president's threat to impose an estimated $300 billion in tariffs on Chinese-made goods, including the iPhone.

  • Why it matters: Apple makes nearly all its iPhones in China, though supplier Foxconn said this week it has enough manufacturing capacity to make U.S.-bound iPhones outside China if it needs to. China is also a key market for Apple in terms of sales.

Context: Cook was in D.C. to attend a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, Trump and his daughter Ivanka told reporters.

Go deeper: Trump's newest tariff threat could raise iPhone, Nike shoe prices