Trump says Apple CEO Tim Cook is the only tech executive who actually calls him directly

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  • President Donald Trump speaks with Apple CEO Tim Cook because Cook calls him personally rather than hiring consultants to do so, Trump told reporters on Wednesday.
  • Trump also mentioned the recent conversation he had with Cook in which, Trump said, the Apple executive said that new tariffs on Chinese goods could affect Apple’s ability to compete with Samsung.
  • Cook and Trump have met several times over the past year amid the US-China trade war.
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he took calls from Apple CEO Tim Cook for a very simple reason: because Cook actually calls.

“He calls me and the others don’t,” Trump told reporters, as seen in a video from Fox Business. “Others go out and hire very expensive consultants, and Tim Cook calls Donald Trump directly. Pretty good.”

Trump added that he would speak with others if they were to call but said Cook was the only one who did. “Whenever there’s a problem, he’ll call,” Trump said.

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He also mentioned a recent conversation he previously described having with Cook about the impact he said Cook feared new tariffs on Chinese goods would have on Apple. In Trump’s telling, Cook expressed concern that the tariffs could put Apple at a disadvantage to its rival smartphone maker Samsung, which is headquartered in South Korea, a country with which Trump signed a trade agreement last year.

“I got to help him out short term with that problem,” Trump said on Wednesday. “Because it’s a great American company.”

Trump’s latest tariffs, initially announced to affect roughly $US300 billion worth of Chinese goods, are set to begin taking effect September 1. Products such as the Apple Watch, the HomePod, and AirPods are expected to be affected then, with products like Apple’s MacBooks and iPhones facing the next tariff rollout on December 15.

The Apple CEO has met with Trump several times over the past year amid the trade war between the United States and China. Trump tweeted last Friday, for example, that he was having dinner with Cook that evening.

Trump’s stance toward Apple marks a notable departure from the remarks he’s made about other American tech giants, particularly Facebook, the Alphabet subsidiary Google, and Twitter, which he’s accused of bias and censorship on multiple occasions.

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