Apple's Tim Cook is no stranger to Washington or the White House. He attended a high profile State Dinner in honor of France's President Emmanuel Macron back in 2018. Cook met with Trump President Trump the following day as well as U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and Larry Kudlow to discuss trade issues.
A new report this afternoon states that U.S. President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook are expected to tour facilities in Texas where Apple products are made as soon as next week to showcase companies that keep jobs in America, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The trip, which has not yet been announced, would highlight Cook’s strong relationship with Trump as he seeks further relief for Apple from U.S. tariffs on imports from China. The tariffs are part of a prolonged, tit-for-tat trade war between the world’s largest economies.
In September, Apple said it would make its new Mac Pro desktop computers in Austin, Texas, where it had made previous models at a contract manufacturing facility. The announcement came days after U.S. trade regulators approved 10 out of 15 requests for tariff exemptions filed by Apple amid a broader reprieve on levies on computer parts.
The visit will not be Trump’s first trip to the Lone Star state to tout U.S. manufacturing jobs. Last month, Trump toured a Louis Vuitton factory in Alvarado, accompanied by his daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka and top executives from parent group LVMH.
Apple declined to comment. A White House spokesperson said the office has no scheduling announcements at this time and that's proper for security reasons. For more on this, read the full Reuters report.