Apple CEO Tim Cook to have private meeting with Trump


WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24: Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lisa Jackson arrive at the White House for a state dinner April 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The White House and Apple have both been tight-lipped about the private meeting, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the two would be discussing trade. Also not invited were any opposition members of Congress, but Ms. Jackson was a member of the previous administration, where she led the EPA.

Earlier, Apple did not respond to a request for comment about what topics Cook planned to cover.

The meeting comes as tensions with China remain high amid a tit-for-tat conflict over tariffs and trade policy. The President's proposals to impose tariffs on Chinese goods aren't good news for Apple sales and production, and Apple isn't alone. Trump has threatened $100 billion more in tariffs, though no further action has been taken.

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When asked about the topic at a forum in China last month, Cook said "countries that embrace openness, that embrace trade, that embrace diversity are the countries that do exceptionally", according to The Wall Street Journal.

United States and Chinese officials have been working to resolve the feud between the world's two largest economies.

His praise for Cook aside, Trump, a Republican, has had a sometimes tense relationship with the USA technology industry, based in Democratic strongholds such as California's Silicon Valley and in Seattle.

In addition to his concerns about trade, Cook has publicly objected to the president's decision to end a programme protecting from deportation young immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children.