Tim Cook will meet with President Trump later today

Tim Cook will meet with President Trump later today

A couple of U.S. Olympians made the cut, too.

Apple and other hardware makers have deep ties with China, where they build most of their products for export around the world.

The White House and Apple have both been tight-lipped about the private meeting, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the two would be discussing trade. The president's criticism of Apple about manufacturing its products outside the United States has pressured the Silicon Valley giant to tout its economic impact inside the nation, including by announcing previous year a $1 billion investment to help boost USA manufacturing.

Apple has not returned a request for comment about Wednesday's meeting.

However, President Trump's tweets often offer clues, and here's what he said Wednesday morning: "Looking forward to my meeting with Tim Cook of Apple". China retaliated with tariffs of equal value on more than 100 US products, including some agricultural goods.




United States and Chinese officials have been working to resolve the dispute.

China is a key market for Apple as it is for many other companies. On Tuesday, however, Trump said there was "a very good chance" the two countries could reach a deal as a USA delegation prepared to head to China in a few days.

Cook and the president have a complicated relationship.

His praise for Cook aside, Trump, a Republican, has had a sometimes tense relationship with the United States technology industry, based in Democratic strongholds such as California's Silicon Valley and in Seattle.

Marking the arrival ceremony for French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte's visit, Trump opted for one of her go-to shoe brands, Louboutin's famed So Kate shoes in denim, which featured a stark white heel and the designer's signature red sole. He has clashed with the tech sector on issues including trade, immigration and the environment. Trump also met with Microsoft founder Bill Gates last month.

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