Trump threatens Apple with tariffs and says Google may be a concern


>>>WE HAVE THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF BLOWING UP BIG TECH ON HIS FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA APP, EARLIER THIS MORNING, STARTING WITH GOOGLE. PRESIDENT TRUMP ECHOING BILLIONAIRE TECH ADVISOR NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS TWEET ING, “THERE MAY OR MAY NOT BE NATIONAL SECURITY CONCERNS WITH REGARD TO GOOGLE AND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA.” NOW IF THERE IS A PROBLEM WE WILL FIND OUT ABOUT IT, AND I SINCERELY HOPE THERE IS NOT, BUT IT DIDN’T STOP THERE. THE PRESIDENT WENT ON TO BLAST APPLE, TWEET LING, “APPLE WILL NOT BE GIVEN TARIFF WAIVER OR RELIEF FOR MAX PRO PARTS THAT ARE MADE IN CHINA. MAKE THEM IN THE USA, NO TARIFFS MAKE THEM IN THE USA, NO TARIFF” SO HERE FOR REACTION WE HAVE MOBILE NATION’S MANAGING EDITOR DERRICK KESSLER, ALONG WITH WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTER, DAN. LET’S START WITH GOOGLE BECAUSE THERE’S MORE NEWS GIVEN THAT WE HAD THE TRUMP TWEET ALSO PRETTY GOOD EARNINGS AND A $25 BILLION BUYBACK IN SHARES AS WELL, SO GOOGLE, I MEAN, IT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE THE STOCK IS TRADING ANY OF THESE CONCERNS ABOUT A POSSIBLE BREAKUP IN ANTI-TRUST REVIEW.>> NO, I MEAN, GOOGLE IS IN A REALLY GOOD POSITION AND THEY’VE HAD A LOT OF WORK THEY’VE PUT INTO SORT OF INSULATE THEMSELVES AS MUCH AS THEY CAN ON THE ANTI-TRUST SIDE, ALTHOUGH THERE ARE STILL CONCERNS THERE, BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY POWERFUL WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR PRESENCE ON THE WEB. THEY ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH SEARCH NOW DAYS AND THEIR BUSINESS IS ENTIRELY DRIVEN BY ADVERTISING. THERE ARE THOSE ANTI-TRUST CONCERNS THEY SHOULD HAVE BUT THEY AREN’T PRICED INTO THE STOCK BECAUSE WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO IF YOU TRY TO BREAK UP ANY ONE PART OF THE BUSINESS THAT DOESN’T WORK ANY MORE.>> SO YOU DON’T THINK A BREAKUP IS IN THE CARDS FROM GOOGLE IS WHAT I’M HEARING FROM YOU?>> NO, IT SEEMS UNLIKELY TO ME. LET’S TALK ABOUT APPLE BECAUSE THE WALL STREET JOURNAL IS THE ONE THAT FIRST REPORTED THEY WILL SHIFT PRODUCTION OF THE MAC BOOK PRO OVER TO CHINA AND NOW APPLE I’VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THEM. THEY HAVEN’T ACTUALLY CONFIRMED THIS NEWS BUT THIS IS NOT A BIG REVENUE DRIVER FOR APPLE, SO WHAT IF THIS SPECIALIZED LAPTOP GOES TO CHINA. IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT MANY JOBS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY BRING BACK BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HERE.>> THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT, AND THIS IS ALSO NOT A NEW CRITICISM FROM THE PRESIDENT TOWARDS APPLE ABOUT THE PRODUCTION THAT THEY HAVE OFFSHORE, MOST OF THEIR PRODUCTS ARE CREATED OFFSHORE, AND THIS IS AN ENORMOUS SUPPLY CHAIN, WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HUNDREDS OF FACTORIES FOR NOT ONLY ASSEMBLY OF THE PRODUCTS BUT MAKING COMPONENTS. ALL THAT COULDN’T MOVE TO THE U.S. IN ANY KIND OF SHORT-TERM OR EVEN MEDIUM TERM EVEN IF APPLE WANTED TO DO THAT SO I DON’T SEE THAT REALLY HAPPENING AND THE MAC BOOK ITSELF IF IT GETS TARIFF, YOU IF THE PRICE GOES UP WITH TARIFFS PROBABLY THAT’S AN AUDIENCE THAT’S LITTLE LESS PRICE SENSITIVE. WHAT IS A MORE INTERESTING QUESTION TO ME IS THAT WHAT IF THE NEXT, THE UPCOMING IPHONE THIS YEAR, IF THOSE PRICES GO UP DUE TO TARIFFS IT’S ALREADY EXPECTED TO BE A WEAK YEAR FOR IPHONE SALES DOES APPLE PASS THAT PRICE THROUGH TO CUSTOMERS OR NOT. WE DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT YET BUT THAT’LL BE A MORE IMPACTFUL QUESTION.>> HOW MUCH MORE CAN THEY BOOST THE PRICES, IT’S ALREADY AT FOUR DIGITS MY GOODNESS SO DEREK LET’S GET BACK TO YOU BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT AMAZON AS WELL AND ADMINISTRATIONS BROKE THEIR STREAK OF RECORD PROFITS AND ARE WE BACK TO THOSE YEARS WHEN AMAZON IS REINVESTING BACK INTO ITS BUSINESS AND DOES THAT MAKE THE STOCK A $2,000 VALUATION?>> THAT, YOU ARE RIGHT THAT THEY ARE GOING BACK INTO INVEST ING IN THEIR BUSINESS. THEY JUST ANNOUNCED THEY’RE INVESTING $800 MILLION INTO IMPROVING THEIR DELIVERY INFRASTRUCTURE BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT THAT THE TWO-DAY PRIME DELIVERY THEY HAD ISN’T MUCH OF A DIFFERENTIATOR ANY MORE. ALL OF THE LARGER COMPETITORS ARE OFFERING THAT NOW SO THEY NEED TO AMP IT UP AND THAT MEANS ONE-DAY DELIVERY WHICH MEANS MASSIVE NEW INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT IN THE FORM OF NEW WAREHOUSES AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE DELIVERY INFRASTRUCTURE TO HANDLE ALL OF THAT, AND THAT’S GOING TO COST THEM A LOT OF MONEY IN THE SHORT-TERM AND IN THE LONG TERM. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THAT TRANSLATES INTO MORE SALES AND MORE PRIME CUSTOMERS, BECAUSE THAT’S A VERY LARGE REVENUE DRIVER FOR THEM. AS FOR THE STOCK PRICE, I MEAN, IT’S ALL A QUESTION OF WHAT THE SHAREHOLDERS THINK IT’S WORTH.>> RIGHT WELL THE SHAREHOLDERS THINK IT’S WORTH A LOT AND SO DO THE ANALYSTS. DAN LET’S JUST QUICKLY THINK ABOUT FACEBOOK BECAUSE WE JUST GOT THIS TWEET FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT MATCHING THE FRANCE DIGITAL TAX WHICH NOTABLY BY THE WAY EFFECTS FACEBOOK, I THINK THAT IT’S RETROACTIVE AND IS AT 2% OF THEIR REVENUES THAT THEY HAVE MADE IN THE COUNTRY AND DESPITE THE FACT THAT FACEBOOK HAS PAID A $5 BILLION FTC FINE, LOOK AT THE STOCK THIS WEEK. I MEAN, EARNINGS WERE STELLAR. THE STOCK IS GOING NOWHERE BUT UP, IT SEEMS.>> YEAH, I THINK FACEBOOK INVESTORS HAVE BEEN PRETTY RESILIENT TO ALL OF THE NEGATIVE HEADLINES THAT HAVE GONE ON. THIS HAS BEEN MORE THAN A YEAR WHERE YOU’VE HAD HARDLY A WEEK GOES BY WITHOUT SOME CRITICAL STORY, OR PROMISING A HEARING OR SOMETHING, AND SO I THINK FOR FACEBOOK INVESTORS THEY TEND TO LOOK AT HOW DOES THIS BUSINESS ACTUALLY PERFORM AND ITS BEEN VERY RESILIENT. THE ADVERTISED REVENUES KEEP GOING UP USERS KEEP COMING IN. I DON’T THINK THE BUSINESS IS FOOL PROOF IN THIS RESPECT. THEY HAVE TO SPEND A LOT MORE IN COST, I THINK, REFLECT THE REALITIES OF RUNNING THE BUSINESS WITH A LOT MORE SCRUTINY, BUT IT’S STILL VERY PROFITABLE BUSINESS AND I THINK INVESTORS TEND TO KEY TOWARDS THAT MORE THAN THESE HARD-TO- VALUE TYPES OF RISKS OF POTENTIAL LAWS THAT MAY OR MAY NOT COME AROUND.>> ONE MORE QUESTION DERRICK LET’S TALK ABOUT TWITTER BECAUSE I WAS SO SURPRISED BY THE NUMBER OF USERS FIRST OF ALL THAT ARE STICKING WITH TWITTER. IN FACT I THINK WE SAW A RECORD NUMBER DAILY ACTIVES WENT UP, AND WHAT DID YOU SAY, DERRICK, THAT SOMEONE SAID THE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP HIMSELF HAS SAVED THE SOCIAL MEDIA SITE SINGLE HANDEDLY.>> I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF WE COULD ATTRIBUTE A LARGE PORTION OF TWITTER’S RECENT SUCCESS TO HIS PRESENCE ON THERE AND A LOT OF CELEBRITIES AND POLITICIANS . ITS BEEN ESSENTIALLY THEIR OWN PERSONAL P R OUTLETS. THEY CAN GO ON AND TWEET WHATEVER THEY WANT AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH ANY SORT OF OFFICIAL CHANNELS OR GET PRESS RELEASES, THEY CAN JUST PUT IT OUT ON TWITTER AND GET DIRECTLY INTO PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN FOLLOWING THEM, AND THEN EVENTUALLY IT GETS PICKED UP ON THE NEWS BY ALL OF

100 thoughts on “Trump threatens Apple with tariffs and says Google may be a concern

  • LMAO! The latest round of jihad declarations by the ORANGE DOOFAS IN CHIEF! He has declared Jihad on Apple and Google!

  • Apple is the evil empire. Pay no taxes in USA on billions in profits. Put duties on each and every phone

  • Apple is overpriced garbage anyway does work with anything but apple related products and software making it even more overpriced garbage give me my galaxy any day

  • First of all it's Alphabet, not Google. Second of all, you can definitely break them up. You can break off everything they've acquired – like YouTube. You can separate their gmail and other services into separate enterprises. Bring on a real expert next time.

  • Google will be broken up.. this guy doesn't know talking about or he's working for Google. their in no scenario were they start acting like a good actor

  • Threatening is NOT condemning! POTUS must get read off APPLE, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER (though, they are POTUS's favorite tools, too!)

  • USA should STOP buying Apple products!!!! As long you 'barking'-instead of killing the alley-cats (or democrats), the cats are getting fatter and fatter. NEVER buy an APPLE or HUAWAY product!!! Tariff will not hurt those bastards

  • Googles business "driven by advertising"? And not through US Government money? These tribal commentators just can't help but LIE.

  • With all these Companies making their Product's in China, if War broke out, wouldn't this put America in great danger?

  • Apple makes electronics and Google makes software functional data.

    Why Apple is in China? What Huawei doing with Apple phones and their mobile supplies to mobile network?
    Google is involved in National security through electronics applications and electronic traffic in a optical fiber, satellite stations.

    IT Techs and Electronic Techs turned to be hidden technology breachers and flawed established design environment.

    Even the socialmedia apps Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, are all money making world with likes, share, send, advertisement. Popular and celebrity make money and people are labors who earn money for these techs and so called popular celebrities. Useless socialmedia and people are putting their every moment in socialmedia for their addiction towards sharing and sending. Fools ending into issues and collapse of relationship, increase in lawlessness. STUPIDS and none talks about these foolishness neither correct. Personal space๐Ÿค”?

  • The woman messed this all up. It's the Mac Pro, not the Mac book pro. The Mac Pro is a 6k computer aimed at Pros. What a mess/

  • Youโ€™re all confused now that you have a successful businessman at the helm. Pontificate all you want but itโ€™s all been laid out already.

  • Trump is using tariffs left and right to manipulate the stock of Apple, Huawei, and God knows how many other companies so Trump's family and friends can buy stock when it goes down and sell stock when it goes high and make a killing. It is called "insider trading" and other people go to jail for that.

  • Last iPhone i owned, i unlocked with a claw hammer when apple locked it YET AGAIN for "reasons"
    the last good thing apple made was the IIc , before they decided they were lifestyle consultants instead of tech manufacturers

  • Goggle and Apple take their business out of the US to make those billions to pay employee's less money. Traitors, care less for jobs in America. For big tech it's all about Prestige and the big buck $$$. Our government need to break up Goggle, they have way to much power and I believe it's going to happen now way or another.

  • Any company that has the balls to charge over $200 for a Vesa mount and over $900 for a piece of bent aluminum stand doesn't need relief from anything.
    Apple customers will pay anything nobody should feel sorry for them.

  • The commander-in-chief knows how to hurt people deeply that's in their pocketbook and he's an expert at it.

  • Never vote for today's democrats they are all fake, frauds, and communists and socialists. The democrats have exposed citizens to murderers, rapists, and the criminal element here illegally. Vote Republican 2020!!!!!!!

  • So why doesn't America want hundreds of factories to shut down in China, and move back home to USA where they belong?

  • Apple has screwed over U.S. workers for years. Why aren't their computers made in the U.S. ? If they want to use Chinese slave labor raise tariffs on them to the point where it's not cost effective for them to make it in China. Raise the tariffs!

  • True crApple story for you. I bought a refurbished macbook pro directly from apple several years ago. It cost around $2,000. They sent me a unit with a non functioning CD drive. Just getting anyone on the phone was a hassle. When I did they told me to go the store and give it to a "genius", but they could not give me any idea when it would be fixed. Instead I took it to the store and got a refund, since I had the machine less than 48 hours. Another true story, I only bought an iPhone for a relative overseas. Because they cost even more in wherever they were living. But my ex had a brand new one and it was less than 1 year old when the microphone failed. I've bought several Samsung phones. One I have been using since 2014 and none of them ever had this problem.

  • Apple fired, forced out early, many loyal highly experienced employees who started in the 1980s w Steve Jobs. Long time Employees replaced by cheaper immigrants on Worker Visa.. many outgoing employees had to teach their own replacements. Stop the Visa programs and put funding back into Science & Tech in colleges. Cut the gender studies & leftist bs. Have more apprentice programs between high school, colleges with HighTech.

  • Lol, Google should just threaten to ban Trump from Twitter. No more Trump whining and he'd go crazy if he can't get in touch with his extremist base.

  • Promises kept ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  • My man from Google is ls saying"Google is propped up by advertising….guess what…. whatever engine Americans choose will be the engine advertiser's use. That's how it works. I can use AOL and use BING to search. Now im just a layman so my examples may be wrong but you criticizers are way smarter so f'you cause ya know what I'm saying.

  • These leftist monopolies need to be broken up. They have gotten way too marxist in their actions and it's showing

  • The American people are sick and tired of the free traitors. Sorry but the money coming back goes to apple. American jobs are all that matter, to hell with the other countries. Globalist trade policies had nearly destroyed this country

  • Way overdue for this the tariff, should have gone into effect many administrations ago. Apple should not be allowed to charge that much for their phones pricing should be regulated.

  • Republicans used to believe in free markets but now that they are loosing to china its all over.
    Whatever happened with let the market decide.

  • If i want to buy a power tool i have to buy the one Trump wants me to buy. If i cannot afford it oh well! A man raised on carrara marble and golden toilets that never held a job.

  • TRUMP running America like a company its like he's looking after his own employees(The American People) its so beautiful & I'm from Ireland its great to see someone not with the elite's but sitting at the top ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Google is suspect to say the least….Trump uses simple language for these tech imbeciles….make it in America or pay tariffs…Google isnโ€™t the only search engine and is fast becoming the most useless. If you want your experience on the net totally about advertising and snooping into your data, then use Google and Facewank together. If youโ€™re smart youโ€™ll lose Facewank altogether. All your data is being mined daily by both Google and Facewank.

  • Googleโ€™s employees are just off the boat, many here on work visas, the ownership are leftists from Russia, what do you expect, of course they donโ€™t have any loyalty to this country, and they are not alone.

  • of course not it is more about smuggling,and fraudulent ids and drugs getting and cyber attacks here is the truth the top notch persons involved in these operations who want 15 to 200 parts don't want to pay the taxes on them. They have already revealed themselves. Investigate !!

  • Apple phones have gone up in price every time a new model is released out without tariffs. Apple makes a killing on charging high prices for all their products . I hope Trump makes apple pay their share on tariffs .

  • About time you went after these dweebs. Ripping everybody off charging 600 dollars for everything the magic b.s. number.

  • TRUMP IS AN i…. t..
    A big one…. Looks like
    He got a problem,,,,…!! Sure….
    Yes
    No

    And Bye….

  • Itโ€™s funny about Apple is there logo is a bitten Apple pretty much like Adam and Eve how they bit the Apple from the forbidden tree. Maybe Apple is apart of the deep state.

  • Apple is a complete rip off and there are superior substitutes at a realistic price. There FOB China price is about USD 32 and that's inflated. Just ask the Chinese gangs that sell the counterfeits.

  • Just bann American company's setting up sensitive tech manufacturing in China … its a risk to national security

  • Looking at those stocks, I don't think it is worth investing in any of the big tech companies, maybe if we invested in them in year 2000 or that time when they were young and new, those investments would pay off, but today once the company has grown to this size, it is no longer capable of providing a return for investors anyway and some investors do need to sell that stock and buy other stock in new and emerging innovative companies whose product is beneficial with high demand and a potential for growth. I will continue to carry my samsung note 8 that has a pen and screw apple who never provide us with a pen for the phone and contributed to such behavior for android and even windows phone 7 back then discontinued the pen.

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