President Trump has responded to Apple’s rare earnings guidance revision two days after the company warned investors it saw fewer iPhone upgrades than expected during the holiday quarter. In a letter to investors written by CEO Tim Cook, Apple blamed the $5 billion to $9 billion drop in expected revenue in part on the president’s ongoing trade war with China:
We believe the economic environment in China has been further impacted by rising trade tensions with the United States. As the climate of mounting uncertainty weighed on financial markets, the effects appeared to reach consumers as well, with traffic to our retail stores and our channel partners in China declining as the quarter progressed.
In response to the question from a reporter during a Rose Garden press conference outside of the White House, President Trump declared Apple CEO ‘a friend of mine’ while dismissing concern over Apple’s financial misstep.
Trump described Apple’s stock price as climbing ‘hundreds of percent’ since he became president, while repeating his call for Apple to manufacture products in the United States and not China.
On 11/8/16 AAPL closed at $111.06 per share.
It opened today at $144.53.
That's a 30.1% increase. https://t.co/JP7vLbYLlo
— kif (@kifleswing) January 4, 2019
Trump also declared that tariffs forced on China by the United States have resulted in “billions” of dollars being deposited in the U.S. Treasury while suggesting that his job as president is to worry about the U.S. and not Apple.
Following President Trump’s comments, Apple’s stock price dropped 1 percent after an already tough week for AAPL.
Here are his remarks:
I mean look, they’ve gone up a lot. They’ve gone up hundreds of percent since I’m president. Apple was at a number that was incredible, and they’re going to be fine. I have to worry about our country.
Don’t forget this, Apple makes their product in China, I told Tim Cook who is a friend of mine who I like a lot, make your product in the United States, build those beautiful plants that go on for miles it seems. Build those plants in the United States, I like that even better.
Apple makes its product in China, China is the biggest beneficiary of Apple. More than us, because they build their product mostly in China. But now he’s investing $350 billion because of what we did with taxes and the incentives that we created in the United States. He’s going to build a campus and lots of other places.
So my focus is the United States. I want to get those companies to come back like so many are doing into the United States. I want Apple to make their iPhones and all of the great things that they make in the United States and that’ll take place.