Apple's CEO Attended the State Dinner at the White House last night and will meet privately with the President this Afternoon
Last night Apple's CEO Tim Cook and VP of environment and government affairs attended President Trump's first State Dinner in honor of France's President Emmanuel Macron. Others in attendance included France's richest man and chairman of luxury-goods maker LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith, Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde and two U.S. Olympic athletes, curling's John Shuster and hockey's Meghan Duggan, showed off gold medals as they walked past reporters. In 2015 Cook attended a State Dinner that President Obama held for the Chinese President Xi Jinping.
While in Washington, Apple's CEO will be meeting with President Trump early this afternoon. The meeting will be closed to the press. Some believe that the China-U.S. trade spat might be on today's agenda.
Both countries have proposed import tariffs on each others' products, but the U.S. has been tough on Chinese technology firms. For example, the government banned U.S. firms from providing technology to Chinese firm ZTE. On that count Qualcomm will be hit hard.
China is a key market for Apple, one that it has struggled in recently and a potential cause for concern from some investors for Apple's upcoming earnings.
While Cook has been highly critical of the President's positions on social and environmental issues, he's been favorable of the President regarding corporate taxes.
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