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Trump says Tim Cook made ‘good case’ that trade war helps Samsung over Apple

The Verge Monday, 19 August 2019
Trump says Tim Cook made ‘good case’ that trade war helps Samsung over ApplePhoto by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Donald Trump says Apple CEO Tim Cook “made a very compelling argument” that tariffs on China will hamper Apple’s ability to compete with Samsung. The pair had dinner on Friday night at the president’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and Trump described the conversation to reporters from publications including Bloomberg, CNBC, and Fox News on the way back to Washington.

“I had a very good meeting with Tim Cook,” Trump reportedly said. “I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook, and Tim was talking to me about tariffs. And, one of the things, and he made a good case, is that Samsung is their number-one competitor, and Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in South Korea.”

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