Trump also said that it’s “highly unlikely” that he would delay an increase in tariffs from 10% to 25% on January 1, just four days before a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“Maybe. Maybe. Depends on what the rate is,” the president told the Wall Street Journal about the possible iPhone and laptop tariffs. “I mean, I can make it 10%, and people could stand that very easily.”
Apple stock was down nearly 2% in after-hours trading.
Trump said he expects he will increase tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods to 25%. He will also add $267bn worth of tariffs onto goods that are not already subjected to existing tariffs if the two countries don’t come to a deal.
Currently Apple’s products are exempt from the tariffs. It was previously announced that the tariffs would affect the Apple Watch, AirPods and other products, which were eventually spared when the tariffs were announced. Usually iPhones are assembled in China, despite several parts coming from the US.
Apple could not immediately be reached for comment.