Apple's Tim Cook joins Trump and Melania for dinner at Bedminster

Cook is seen reuniting with Trump and Melania on Friday in Bedminster. The topics probably included tariffs, with Cook perhaps promising an increase in US investment as an incentive

Apple CEO Tim Cook has met with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania for dinner at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The White House has not yet released a reading of the conversation between Trump and Cook during Friday night's dinner at Trump's golf club, and details of the discussion remain sparse.

However, the rates were probably a topic of conversation, since Cook had no qualms about criticizing Trump's commercial approach.

"Our opinion on tariffs is that they are presented as a tax on the consumer and end in lower economic growth and can sometimes generate a significant risk of unforeseen consequences," said Cook, without mentioning Trump by name, during the profits. most recent Apple. call on July 31.

Cook is seen reuniting with Trump and Melania on Friday in Bedminster. The topics probably included tariffs, with Cook perhaps promising an increase in US investment as an incentive

Cook is seen reuniting with Trump and Melania on Friday in Bedminster. The topics probably included tariffs, with Cook perhaps promising an increase in US investment as an incentive

Currently, Apple Watches will be subject to a 10 percent tariff that will go into effect this fall, after Customs and Border Patrol officials found that the devices fall into a dark category included in the list of recently taxed imports.

Although iPhones, which are manufactured in China, have not yet been included in Trump's tariffs on Chinese exports, they could be included in new rounds of levies on $ 500 billion in Chinese products that Trump has threatened to impose.

In addition, Apple has 41 stores in China and has sold hundreds of millions of phones there, leaving it vulnerable to reprisals from China if the trade war escalates. The last quarter, China represented $ 9.55 billion of the company's revenue, an 18 percent share of the total.

The First Lady's Instagram account offered the only official comment at Friday's dinner, saying that she and the president "enjoyed a dinner with Tim Cook last night at Bedminster, proud of the work he is doing at Apple: great innovations and investments. in the US, what positively impacts our economy!

Cook met with Trump recently in April (above), when he promised greater investment from the United States after the tax reform. But Cook has criticized Trump for its commercial policy in recent weeks, and Apple depends on China for much of its business.

Cook met with Trump recently in April (above), when he promised greater investment from the United States after the tax reform. But Cook has criticized Trump for its commercial policy in recent weeks, and Apple depends on China for much of its business.

Cook met with Trump recently in April (above), when he promised greater investment from the United States after the tax reform. But Cook has criticized Trump for its commercial policy in recent weeks, and Apple depends on China for much of its business.

Cook seems to have grown accustomed to Trump since his cold first meeting after the 2016 election, in which a grim-faced cook joined a round table of tech titans at Trump Tower.

"Personally, I have never found being on the bench as a successful place to be," Cook explained in a note to the employees justifying the meeting. "So, whether in this country, or in the European Union, or in China or South America, we are committed, and we participate when we agree and participate when we do not agree.

Since then, Cook has spoken out vigorously about Trump's immigration policies, discrediting attempts to end DACA and zero tolerance border arrest policies.

However, it was said that Cook was delighted with the tax reform bill last year, and promised that Apple would make greater US investments.

Trump took advantage of the common ground in a tweet on Friday announcing plans for dinner.

I'm looking forward to dinner tonight with Apple's Tim Cook. You are investing large amounts of money in the US UU Trump wrote.

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