Apple is among more than a dozen American companies that have warned the Trump administration about the serious impact of banning WeChat from their platforms. President Trump is looking to ban the application due to national security concerns and in today’s press conference, he made a “rebuttal” to Apple’s argument.
During the press conference with reporters at the White House today, Trump was asked about the impact of the WeChat ban due Bloomberg reporter Justin Sink. In his response, Trump doubled down on national security concerns and simply said “anything” to Apple’s concerns:
Here’s a copy of the interaction:
Sink: There are plenty of warnings among US companies about your order on WeChat. Apple, Ford, Disney, they worry because it̵7;s such a big media and payment platform in China, that if you ban American businesses from working with them, they won’t be able to sell iPhones in China. or similar markets.
Trumpet: Whatever .
Sink: So you don’t mind…?
Trumpet: Must do what’s good in terms of the security of our country. We were severely disappointed by China.
Trump signed an executive order last week to ban transactions between the US companies and the Chinese companies behind TikTok and WeChat. The order will take effect in September, and Microsoft is working to acquire TikTok in the United States.
Apple and companies like Disney, Ford, Intel, Morgan Stanley, UPS and Walmart joined the call with Trump Administration officials this week, warning that the consequences of the ban could be “serious.” In Apple’s case, WeChat is everything to iPhone users in China, and banning the app from the App Store worldwide could be a disaster for iPhone sales in China.
One of the issues raised during the call is that the scope of the command is completely unclear. Does it apply only in the US or to all worldwide transactions, including China? If that happens later, it could be damaging to Apple. Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this week warned that it could reduce iPhone maker’s global sales by up to 30%.
The White House has yet to address points made in Trump’s call and today ‘s comments do not appear to offer any further clarification.
Watch the interaction in the video below at 20 minutes 49 seconds.
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