Apple CEO Tim Cook to have private meeting with Trump

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While it's not clear what they will be discussing, the 1.45pm meeting comes one day after Cook was among the guests present at President Trump's first official state dinner.

President Donald Trump will meet with Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Wednesday, as the technology industry finds itself in the crosshairs of a USA trade spat with China, a manufacturing hub for the iPhone maker and other companies.

Apple and other hardware makers have deep ties with China, where they build most of their products for export around the world.

Throughout recent months, Trump has lauded Cook for investing more than $350 billion back into the country after the administration implemented the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which, among other things, lowered the corporate tax rate to 21% from the previous rate of 35%.

The two are likely to discuss the rising tensions surrounding a possible trade war between the United States and China, where many of Apple's products and components are manufactured.

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Spokesmen for the White House and Apple did not respond when asked for details on the meeting.

Cook might be anxious specifically about the brewing U.S. Trump in March vowed to impose about $50 billion of United States tariffs on Chinese imports, prompting China to retaliate with tariffs on about $3 billion of U.S. imports. Cook also came out against what some viewed as a muted reaction to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August, and against some of the administration's immigration policies - specifically its position on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Sanders said in response to a question that Trump would be "open" to meeting with Amazon.com chief executive Jeff Bezos, who the president has repeatedly criticised.

Apple, with a market capitalization of US$835 billion and 123,000 employees, 84,000 of whom are in the United States, said in January it plans to spend US$30 billion in capital expenditures in the United States over the next five years, US$10 billion of which will be spent on data centres.

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