Trump says he might subject mobile phones from China, including the iPhone, to a 10% or 25% tariff

Trump says he might subject mobile phones from China, including the iPhone, to a 10% or 25% tariff
The Apple iPhone has managed thus far to avoid becoming a casualty of the U.S.-China trade war. But U.S. President Donald Trump hinted today in a talk with the Wall Street Journal, that Apple's most important product could soon be hit by tariffs. In his interview with the newspaper, Trump said that in addition to boosting the level of tariffs to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese imports, he would also add a 10% or 25% tariff on the remainder of Chinese imports (valued at $267 billion) that are currently not hit with the additional tax.

When asked if he would add tariffs to the Apple iPhone, other mobile phones and laptops assembled in China, the president said, "Maybe. Maybe. Depends on what the rate is. I mean, I can make it 10%, and people could stand that very easily."

Even though Apple designs its products in the U.S., devices like the iPhone and iPad are assembled in China by contract manufacturers. Units earmarked for the U.S. are then shipped from China to the states where they can be exposed to import tariffs. The president did have a recommendation for Apple and for other U.S. companies with devices being imported into the U.S. from China. "What I’d advise is for them to build factories in the United States and to make the product here," Trump said. "And they have a lot of other alternatives."

The president instigated the trade war with China in an attempt to lower the trade deficit that the U.S. has with the country. However, many economists believe that by tacking tariffs on many popular items imported into the U.S., like the iPhone, prices of these devices will rise resulting in a economic slowdown in the states. These economists see the same thing happening if companies like Apple move manufacturing into the U.S. The cost of labor would rise dramatically forcing these firms to raise prices to keep margins steady, or accept lower profits in order to keep prices steady. Neither would be considered helpful to the U.S. economy.

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40 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Iphone lovers will buy it at whatever price is set at. These stupid tariffs ain't stopping their sales.

2. djcody

Posts: 236; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

They are not for stopping just to bring more tax revenue like always by government.

4. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I’ll speak for, the highest I’ll pay is the $999 for the base iPhone Xs 64gb. That was a stretch for me, I may move back to android for my next phone just because of price.

20. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Your statement is only true for die-hard, brainwashed iFans. For other ameteur iPhone lovers, price is a big factor. So increasing the price of iPhone WILL hurt iPhone sales for sure. And even better, Apple doesn't get to pocket the price differences because that price difference goes to the US government.

24. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Same was said about the iPhone X when it started the $1000 phone trend last year. Yet sales chugged right along. Still are with this years phones. Not “great” like they were expecting, but still “good”.

42. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

It chugged along in the US, not worldwide. In other countries iPhone sales are dropping drastically.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Midan, Rouyal, Piyath, and the rest of the iFlock are prepared to spend whatever it takes, to get plowed by Apple. By plowed, I mean how Chris Griffin wanted to plow his teacher.https://youtu.be/9N_QrPiBrQU

10. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

And why should we care how they want to spend their own money?

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who the hell said we care dumb ass? Where in that post, did you see the word care?

26. slashas

Posts: 146; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

People like to count other people money :)

47. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

You even wrote a whole comment about it, you hypocrite.

19. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I’ve got the money. Doesn’t bother me. You must think I’m as cheap or poor as you. No more cheap China phones for you, though!

37. koioz unregistered

Iphone is china phone. Its a truth.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

This moron just can't learn.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Trumps the same color as that orange XR.

9. Shazam777

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

Orange man bad

15. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

No. Orange man is an imbecile.

12. D34ever

Posts: 236; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Ivana's fashion products are also made in China. I wonder if Trump will impose the same tax on her business as well. NOT!!!!!

13. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Glad I bought all my phone/tablet/watch items this past weekend. I'll keep them for about two years, just in time to see ol' Orange-top kicked out of Office, and the country going back to normal.

14. cjreyes666

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Alright ladies and gents get your pants down and don't expect any lube when buying your next phone.

16. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

He highkey needs to stop with these tariffs. It's affecting US companies more than it affects the countries he's imposing the tariffs on.

17. djcody

Posts: 236; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

So you saying that 22% China stock market drop from beginning of 2018 is not hurting them?

18. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Not nearly as badly as it's hurting us.

21. htcisthebest

Posts: 438; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

Let's not forgot that Chinese stocks went up more than US stocks during the good times, which means Chinese stocks are somewhat overpriced. Therefore it's only natural that Chinese stocks drop more than US stocks ytd and so it's not all due to tariffs.

23. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Liberals should love this news. Now iPhones can be tariffed and cost as much as in European countries that they want to be like.

27. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

You really talk out of your a$$ too much. The reverse is true since Republicans and Trumptards like you are now against the free trade and globalism that Liberals support. Please stop spouting off and confirming your ignorance.

31. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

But Hillary, and Obama!!! ... lol.

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

News flash, a Republican lead government is responsible for the price increase. Now let's talk about Harley Davison and General Motors closing factories or moving them to other countries costing tens of thousands of Americans their jobs, or the billions lost in the agriculture industry due to the trade war, or the stock market being a complete wash this year for the first time in a decade. Tired of winning yet? Stupid people... SMH...

40. djcody

Posts: 236; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Fact 1: GM is closing 4 plants in us 3500 jobs loss, not even connected to tarrifs. They was going do it anywat by restructuring production models. 5th plant is closing in Canada 8000 jobs well they can deal with it. Fact 2 Harley is loosing market to competition, they bikes are overpriced too much, less people want to pay for brand. New generation can't afford to pay for it, too lazy to work.

48. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

First of all, General Motors is saying they have lost $1,000,000,000 due to the tariffs on steel, which is also the reason for Harley Davison to move one of their production units overseas. Second, The trade war the president started has cost the agriculture industry several, several billion. And the president keeps bragging about the stock market, but at the end of his administration's first fiscal year, all gains from the past 11 months has been an absolute wash. But all of this shouldn't come to a surprise to anyone with more than half a brain as this is what anyone would expect from someone who has filed for bankruptcy as many times as Donald Trump.

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