Trump and Apple now at war

Ford Focus on display in China

Trump: Apple could be tax free if it makes products in the US

"It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the USA given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units and its competitive segment", Mike Levine, a spokesman for the company, tweeted in response to the president's tweet.

Citing Trump's new tariffs, Ford on August 31 said it was dropping plans to ship the Focus Active from China to America.

In August, China unveiled a proposed list of retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of USA goods ranging from liquefied natural gas to some types of aircraft, should Washington activate the tariffs on its $200 billion list.

However, it turns out that Ford has no plans to build the Focus Active in America because of the niche model's low projected sales.

For now, Ford simply won't sell the vehicle in the U.S.

President Donald Trump on Saturday took aim at Apple after the tech giant said the White House's proposed tariffs on China could result in price increases on popular consumer devices such as AirPods, the company's wireless headphones, and the Apple Watch. Start building new plants now.

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For instance, as CNBC reported, the Koch Network launched a six-figure ad campaign, meant to campaign against Trump's tariffs. It's a recurring threat Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has heard from the White House, but a particular distraction in the days leading up to news of three new iPhones. Last month, it added tariffs to another $16 billion in Chinese goods and is readying taxes on another $200 billion worth.

The trade surplus hit $31.05 billion in August and it continues to add fuel to the already heating up trade rhetoric between the USA and China.

Auto industry analyst Ed Kim told the Guardian that Trump's tariffs have, effectively, ruined Ford's plan for the Focus.

The United States and China have activated additional tariffs on $50 billion of each other's goods since July, as trade friction between the world's two biggest economies worsened, despite several rounds of negotiations.

"Our concern with these tariffs is that the USA will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower U.S. growth and competitiveness and higher prices for United States consumers", Apple said in its letter.

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