Deal between the U.S. and China gives the Apple iPhone a temporary reprieve from tariffs

Deal between the U.S. and China gives the Apple iPhone a temporary reprieve from tariffs
Last week, President Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal that he was considering imposing tariffs on mobile phones imported from China to the U.S., including the Apple iPhone. Trump, who happens to be an iPhone user himself (he actually has a pair at his disposal 24/7), was quoted in the Journal as saying that U.S. consumers would be able to financially handle a 10% tariff on the iPhone.

As reported by Business Insider, this weekend Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a 90 day truce on the imposition of new tariffs. This means that the U.S. will hold off on taxing $200 billion of Chinese imports that was originally expected to take effect on January 1st. This group does not include the iPhone, the Apple Watch or AirPods. Those items are part of a group of $267 billion in additional imports from China that Trump was thinking about taxing.

As part of the deal, China agreed to lower the country's trade surplus with the U.S. by purchasing a "not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount of agricultural, energy, industrial" and other products from the U.S. If no trade agreement can be reached between the U.S. and China within the 90 days, the tariffs will be imposed on the $200 billion of Chinese imports and could go into effect on the remaining $267 billion of Chinese imports that include the iPhone and other Apple devices.

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6 Comments

1. mootu

Posts: 1317; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Trump, who happens to be an iPhone user himself (he actually has a pair at his disposal 24/7)" Trump is forced to use the iPhones under white house policy, he was actually a Samsung user when he entered into office. One is a calls only phone and cannot access the internet. The other is internet only and cannot make calls, this is what he uses for Twitter.

2. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

He isn't forced to use iPhones, they are actually not secure enough for a president. Before that, they used special Samsung S4's and Boeing Android phones that were secure enough for a president. All part of the DMCC program.

3. mootu

Posts: 1317; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Actually he is forced to use the iPhones, look it up the info is all over the net. They are not standard iPhones either they are modified just like the ones you mentioned. He is also supposed to change them every 30 days as well but allegedly staff have trouble getting them off him.

4. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5473; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

The iPhones are issued by the White House Information Technology and the White House Communications Agency to make sure he's at least a bit secure. But are not secure according to the DMCC program. They are modified in somewhat way (using a mobile device management tool) but are still of the shelf iPhones and are in no way as secure as the others. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/trump-feels-presidential-smartphone-security-is-too-inconvenient/

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I knew this would happen that Trump would get a deal with China. Look most may not like the guy but he is getting his agenda through and as much as the MSM screams and yell that the orange man is bad he said he was going to do this and get China to agree to better terms and he did. He did this because he is not PC he is a crass belligerent business guy and XI as much as he gives the persona of loving communism he loves capitalist Money like everyone else. Trump Putin Xi Kim Jong They all love money so they wont blow up the world because it would be counter intuit if they don't have a place to live lavishly and lord, over the under class, their huge stock pile of money . So for that common ground they will work with one another.

6. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Trump should get Huawei and use it as a DAILY DRIVER

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