Trump trade adviser doesn’t know about an iPhone trade exemption

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  • Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018

A customer touches the screen of the new iPhone X at the Apple Store Union Square on November 3, 2017, in San Francisco, California. Apple's flagship iPhone X hits stores around the world as the company predicts bumper sales despite the handset's eye-watering price tag, and celebrates a surge in profits. / AFP PHOTO / Elijah Nouvelage

Peter Navarro, a top trade adviser to US President Donald Trump, said he’s unaware of any tariff exemption for Apple Inc’s iPhone in the growing trade spat with China. 

For months, the US and China have been sparring over tariffs on goods exported from China to the US and vice versa. Apple, which hires companies in China to assemble the iPhone, has thus far avoided any tariffs. On June 18, The New York Times reported that Trump told Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive officer, that the US would not place tariffs on iPhones. 

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