President Trump having dinner with Apple CEO Cook today at Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey

Apple CEO Tim Cook laughs with U.S. President Donald Trump as the news media leave the room after the two men spoke while participating in an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting in the White House State Dining Room in Washington, U.S., March 6, 2019. (photo: Reuters/Leah Millis)
Apple CEO Tim Cook laughs with U.S. President Donald Trump as the news media leave the room after the two men spoke while participating in an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting in the White House State Dining Room in Washington, U.S., March 6, 2019. (photo: Reuters/Leah Millis)

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted this evening that he is having dinner tonight with Apple CEO Tim Cook at Trump National, his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Steve Holland for Reuters:

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was having dinner on Friday with Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook of Apple Inc… “Having dinner tonight with Tim Cook of Apple. They will be spending vast sums of money in the U.S. Great!” Trump, who is on a working vacation at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, said in a Twitter message.

Trump has said he wants Apple and other manufactures to move their production from China and other countries to the United States.

Another round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports had been due to take effect in Sept. 1, but the Trump administration this week delayed the tariffs… until December, while tariffs on its AirPods, Apple Watch and HomePod will go into effect as scheduled next month.

The United States and China are locked in a trade war over U.S. demands that China change its policies on intellectual property protection, technology transfers, industrial subsidies and other trade barriers.

Trump said on Thursday that U.S. and Chinese negotiators were holding “productive” trade talks and expected them to meet in September.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, the dinner meeting is productive as well.

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  1. What if I told you about a glaring trade disparity that favors the US only in the short term while favoring China much wisely in the long term? While China can buy 100% of any US company, the US company can buy only up to 49% of a Chinese company. This means that China can control the US economy while the US can’t the Chinese. This is what is meant when critics say that the US is selling its crown jewels and its other wealth to the highest foreign bidder.

        1. Well, we flood the Chinese economy with cheap knockoffs of John Dingler art, and that’s it, the Chinese will revolt and boom, the whole economy is kaput

          Tim Apple and Donald America will be happy to see the back of China, and the Chinese will seek to make sure the real John Dingler stays in America forever, never to set foot on Chinese soil under penalty of torture by 24×7 Katy Perry and Taylor Swift mashups playing directly into his chocolate starfish at volume 11.

          Makes perfect sense when you think about it.

          1. Yeah, China’s economy looks vulnerable due to central over-planning and over-building in the form of skyscraper cities that have few buyers while investors are compelled to teduce prices drastically. Wages are lower and Foxcon is relocating to cheaper nations thus disemploying locals who then have less money to spend. But Tim has high confidence, however.

    1. Getting his name wrong is probably the least offensive gaffe that the President might make during dinner. No problem, though. Tim met lots of folks like Mr. Trump growing up in a small Alabama town that was just 5% African-American

      1. And the unemployment rate and take home pay for black Americans since Trump took office is the best in the last 50 years. Trump is actually helping black people climb the economic ladder. Prior administrations helped them sign up for government cheese.

      2. The unemployment rate among black Americans is still 86% higher than among whites. While it is true that black unemployment has generally been falling, that trend began in 2011. The rate at which it is falling did not materially change after the 2016 election. In fact, the black unemployment figure rose between February 2018 and 2019. Between July 2018 and 2019, black unemployment fell from 6.6 to 6.0 while overall unemployment dropped from 3.9 to 3.7 year over year. In short, the only cheese here is the smell of false claims from the man who wants to send people of color back where they came from.

        1. “,the only cheese here is the smell of false claims from the man who wants to send people of color back where they came from.”

          NO, the only cheese here is your totally offensive comment. President Trump holds the RECORD of black’s employed and low employment rate. Your sorry arse not giving the president credit is par for the course. Wake up…

      3. You made a thinly veiled attempt to suggest Trump is a racist and it is totally transparent. The only true racists are those who constantly talk about race and place people in groups dividing the nation. That would be YOU and the Democrat ILK…

    2. For further context: Baldwin County was the only County in the entire United States that refused to lower its flags to half staff after the Pulse Nightclub shooting, because the victims were mostly gay. Mr. Cook will not find anything the President might say as shocking as what his neighbors were saying when he was growing up.

      1. Democrats today back Antifa which routinely has masked cowards in the street crushing the skulls up old people with chunks of concrete to demonstrate their hatred of America. And Democrats make movies about their fantasies of killing Republicans. And they do this while driving cars with TOLERANCE and COEXIST bumper stickers. They are so cute.

        1. The movie in question was actually about working-class conservative Americans fighting back against an oppressive elite. Unfortunately, that was too subtle for the people it painted as its heroes.

            1. That’s not how anyone who saw the film described it. I’d tell you to watch it yourself, but it got cancelled due to right-wing death threats from other folks who didn’t see the movie, either.

            1. Actually, they are mostly anarchists. Almost none of them participate in electoral politics on any level. They aren’t Democrats in any meaningful sense.

              I have seen very little evidence of “innocents” being attacked—with the inexcusable exception of police caught in the middle. As the name suggests, “anti-fascists” are generally counter-protesters responding to right-wing demonstrations. In the majority of cases, such as Charlottesville and Portland, the counter-demonstrators are mostly local residents, while the right-wing provocateurs have travelled from across the country to provoke a confrontation. That does not justify violence on either side, OBVIOUSLY.

              However, it hardly suggests a moral equivalence, as the President suggested in Virginia. Still less does it suggest that Antifa is the sole threat in Oregon, as the President has suggested while ignoring the armed skinhead invaders.

            2. “Actually, they are mostly anarchists. Almost none of them participate in electoral politics on any level. They aren’t Democrats in any meaningful sense.”

              Gee, what a surprise! Of course not, EYES BLIND SHUT. Actually, you know that is not true. You are purposely posting Democrat propaganda protecting and deflecting for the HATE in your party. It is SO OBVIOUS. You fool no one… 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

            3. Eyes open or shut, they can only see what is there to see. What is your evidence that Antifa members “are all Democrats,” rather than Greens, anarchists, Maoists, or members of no party at all? Liberals/progressives are essentially reformers. Radicals reject the notion of reform; they want to tear the system up by the roots (radix in Latin) and replace it. Radicals hate liberals with a passion, including but not limited to Clinton.

              It is not a binary choice between Trumpism and the Democratic Party.Plenty of people who did not support Donald Trump in 2016 or today are not and never have been Democrats. Others voted Democratic for the first time only after the Republican Party rejected 160 years of its history and embraced a very different agenda.

            4. “Others voted Democratic for the first time only after the Republican Party rejected 160 years of its history and embraced a very different agenda.”

              Bulls*it! 🐂💩 What the “Republican Party rejected” is the Clueless Democratic Party. Eight years of lectures and dividing all Americans into groups that vote for Democrats or vote for Republicans. Not ONCE voicing support for ALL AMERICANS as Trump does everyday. You are one DISHONEST cherry picking Liberal …

            5. Voicing support by telling American citizens to go back to where their ancestors came from centuries ago?

              Still no answer as to your evidence that all Antifa members are Democrats

            6. “Still no answer as to your evidence that all Antifa members are Democrats”

              I don’t address false posts that put words in my mouth. Your GIFTED specialty…

            7. Altzheimer’s acting up? Kent says all Antifa activists are Democrats. I disagree. GeoB tells me that I’m deliberately blind for disagreeing. I ask politely for evidence that I am wrong and Kent is right. Crickets. I point out that GeoB is avoiding the question. Then he accuses me of putting words in his mouth because he never said all Antifa were Democrats. Technically true, but he agreed with Kent who said exactly that. I guess he forgot.

            8. “GeoB tells me that I’m deliberately blind for disagreeing.“

              For the second time because it is most difficult to penetrate that thick skull of yours this is what I am telling you again and please PAY ATTENTION.

              “I don’t address false posts that put words in my mouth. Your GIFTED specialty…”

            9. Since you have obviously forgotten, you said

              “Gee, what a surprise! Of course not, EYES BLIND SHUT. Actually, you know that is not true. You are purposely posting Democrat propaganda protecting and deflecting for the HATE in your party. It is SO OBVIOUS. You fool no one”

              Which translates to exactly how I paraphrased it. Why do you lie when the truth is right there in front of us?

      1. Trump can barely read a teleprompter, which provides him the details he is supposed to already know. But he goes off script so badly that his public speaking sounds like a sales pitch for a Trump condo. His inability to provide facts or plan details or correct names for anything indicates that he is a badly trained puppet, a mental midget, senile, blind as a bat, or all of the above. I have never seen a person so uninterested in getting the details and names correct. “Tim Apple” is a gaffe as bad as anything his fellow senior citizen Biden has uttered. Is there no sane fiscal conservative without bankruptcies under the age of 65 willing to run?

  2. Let’s see what all this schmoozing is going to do for Tim Cook and Apple. The next mention of any tariffs is going to send Apple stock plunging. I know POTUS is not going to give Apple any leeway. Sure, Apple is spending all this money on U.S. jobs, but what good is it going to do for Apple. Is Wall Street going to start praising Apple and big investors are going to start throwing money at Apple for employing Americans? I doubt it. The big investors are going to throw their money to companies still using overseas manufacturing and assembly because that’s where the most profits are going to be. Apple isn’t going to get any tax break for employing Americans.

    1. Apple already got a huge tax break and the ability to return about $200 billion of off shore money to the US. Now, Apple can help stop the rise of China, a communist tyranny, that everyone agrees steels technology and violates all international agreements. It’s exactly what the Democrat Party wants for America.

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