Tim Cook to meet with President Trump as China tensions rise

Melania Trump arrives before the State of the Union address.				CREDIT Rex Shutterstock

Melania Trump arrives before the State of the Union address. CREDIT Rex Shutterstock

Tim Cook is scheduled to meet with President Trump on Wednesday, a day after Apple's CEO attended the president's first state dinner.

Deeper conflict with China could put Apple in the middle of a costly trade war. It's one of the highest profile political events attended by Mr. Cook, one that put him in direct contact with politicians and business leaders from around the world, including President Trump.

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However, President Trump's tweets often offer clues, and here's what he said Wednesday morning: "Looking forward to my meeting with Tim Cook of Apple".

Spokesmen for the White House and Apple did not respond when asked for details on the meeting. The state dinner was to honor French president Emmanuel Macron. 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. The president's criticism of Apple about manufacturing its products outside the United States has pressured the Silicon Valley giant to tout its economic impact inside the nation, including by announcing a year ago a $1 billion investment to help boost US manufacturing. On Tuesday, Trump said there was "a very good chance" the two countries could reach a deal as a U.S. delegation prepared to head to China in a few days. It's possible Cook could also bring up issues he and the president are on opposite sides of the table on, including immigration and the environment. He was also among business leaders who criticised Trump after the president cast equal blame on white nationalists and anti-racism activists for violence a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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