Apple’s Tim Cook Blames President’s Trade War With China For Slowing Sales

As the economy slows, the GOP lawmakers will no longer be able to point to a great economy to justify their existence. It will become more and more obvious that the 2017 GOP tax cuts were nothing more than a temporary sugar high on an otherwise, already strong economy. It is hard to justify the payment of these tax cuts based by adding $1.5 trillion dollars to the US deficit over 10 years, as the benefits for the tax cuts become less and less apparent. Where are those GOP promised revenue increases that would supposedly buy down the deficit?

The republican President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is not helping. His managing style of chaos everywhere, adds to the stress on the US economy.

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On January 2, 2019, Bob Bryan of Business Insider penned the following report, “Tim Cook blames Trump’s trade war with China as a big factor in Apple’s slowdown”

Bullet Points:

  • Apple issued a surprising warning about its upcoming quarterly earnings on Wednesday, lowering its revenue target substantially.
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook placed a significant portion of the blame on China’s economic slowdown, which Cook said was caused in part by President Donald Trump’s trade war.
  • “We believe the economic environment in China has been further impacted by rising trade tensions with the United States,” Cook wrote.
  • Apple is an example of how tariffs can indirectly harm American companies.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook laid some of the blame for the company’s shock revenue guidance downgrade on the trade war between the US and China.

In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Cook said tariffs imposed by the US and China on products from the opposite country contributed to an economic slowdown in China. The Chinese economic slowdown in turn decreases retail sales in the country and hurt Apple’s overall business.”

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“And what I believe to be the case is the trade tensions between the United States and China put additional pressure on their economy,” Cook said. “So we saw as the quarter went on things like traffic in our retail stores, traffic in our channel partner stores, the reports of the smartphone industry contracting, particularly bad in November. I haven’t seen a December number yet, but I’d bet it would not be good either.”

Cook also highlighted the trade war’s impact on Apple’s sales in a letter to shareholders announcing the reduced revenue target.”

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“We believe the economic environment in China has been further impacted by rising trade tensions with the US,” he wrote.”

“In total, Apple estimated that revenue for the company’s first fiscal quarter would come in around 7.6% lower than a previously expected $84 billion. The original guidance called for revenues between $89 billion and $93 billion.”

“While Apple did not place complete blame on the trade war — the company also cited the strong US dollar, reduced battery replacement prices, and more — the tariff battle between the US and China appears to have taken its toll on the tech giant.”

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“There may still be more worries on the trade front for Apple, as well. Current US tariffs on Chinese goods do not include many consumer electronics like those manufactured by Apple, and some Apple products were dropped from a preliminary list of goods that were subject to tariffs in September.”

“But President Trump told The Wall Street Journal in November that the iPhone and other Apple products could be hit by the next round of tariffs, which would cover the $255 billion in Chinese products not currently involved in the trade war. Apple previously warned that tariffs on their products would harm the company.”

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“The US and China agreed to a trade war truce at the start of December and have put any additional tariffs on hold. But that truce is only set to last until March 1. And Trump’s lead trade negotiator, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, reportedly wants to deploy additional tariffs to pressure the Chinese.”

“Regardless of the trade war’s future, Cook’s statements make it clear that Trump’s trade war with China is indirectly harming one of the America’s largest companies. The announcement is an example of the highly integrated supply chains US companies use — and how tariffs can disrupt those firms’ ability to do business.”

Link to  report:Tim Cook blames Trump’s trade war with China as a big factor …

Read more: One chart shows just how badly US companies are getting whacked by Trump’s trade war»


  1. Gronda, I go back to a simple statement. The tariffs and trade war were unforced errors by a President who does not understand what they mean. He also backed out of the Pacific trade deal which was designed to challenge China in those markets. It went on without the US and includes Japan, Canada, Argentina, South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, etc.

    He also could have tapped the WTO and EU to pressure China, but he chose to beat up on allies rather than get their help. Trump threw water on an already good and slightly improved economy. What he also fails to realize is in a global economy, when China slumps it affects us too.


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    • Dear Keith,

      The president is learning the hard way that trade wars are not good and that they are not easy to do. His backing out of TPP was a foolhardy move.

      His lack of knowledge about how the US economy works and its relationship to other countries is a real handicap.

      But I can’t help but wonder if he isn’t doing Russia’s President Putin’s bidding whenever the president drives a wedge between the US and our allies, friends and neighbors.

      Hugs, Gronda


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