White House financial adviser Kevin Hassett stated Thursday that “it’s not going to be just Apple” that faces income shortfalls because of the commerce tensions initiated by President Donald Trump between the United States and China.
“It’s not going to be just Apple,” Hassett, the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, stated. “I think that there are a heck of a lot of U.S. companies that have a lot of sales in China that are basically going to be watching their earnings be downgraded next year until we get a deal with China. And I think that that puts a lot of pressure on China to make a deal.”
Apple on Wednesday considerably lowered its gross sales forecast for the latest quarter. CEO Tim Cook explained: “While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China.”
Hassett added Thursday, noting that he was a “globalist” earlier than becoming a member of the Trump administration: “If we have a successful negotiation with China, then Apple’s sales and everybody else’s sales will recover. But right now, China is feeling the blow, really, of our tariffs, and I think that that’s an appropriate place for us to have taken the relationship given the amount of stuff that they were stealing from us.”
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— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 3, 2019
H/t Bloomberg News.