Dilger on Trump’s iPhone tariff ‘warning’

Found on the Twitter:

My take: I thought I heard a threat. The Wall Street Journal ($) printed the answer, not the question:

He said the tariffs could also be placed on iPhones and laptops imported from China. The administration has been worried about a consumer reaction should such items be subject to levies.

“Maybe.  Maybe.  Depends on what the rate is,” the president said, referring to mobile phones and laptops. “I mean, I can make it 10%, and people could stand that very easily.”

See also: Trump dings Apple with iPhone tariff talk


  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    I am not a fan of Trump.

    But this is a reporter’s bias coming through, subtle as it is. By not printing the question the reporter made it look like Trump was considering a tariff, and he may be, but the question should have been included.

    At best this is shoddy journalism, even a pro was taken in by the wordsmithing. Think of the AAPL owner that saw it the same way. To satisfy his/her own bias the reporter caused owners of AAPL to sell when they when there was no danger.

    November 28, 2018
    • Fred Stein said:
      Sensationalism sells clicks. Shame on WSJ. Their job is to inform investors.

      November 28, 2018
    • David Emery said:
      Unfortunately, in this era of clicks instead of subscriptions, shoddy journalism is increasingly the rule. Look at the NYT coverage of Apple, as another example.

      November 28, 2018
    • Mark Visnic said:
      I was buying even though it cannot be ruled out. The price reaction was too big based on the probability of an iPhone tariff and/or the impact imv, especially from then price levels.

      November 29, 2018
  2. Gianfranco Pedron said:
    I might be late to the party but I just came across DED’s “Roughly Drafted” site.

    Fascinating reads. https://roughlydraftedbeta(dot)com

    @Philip – worth including in Apple 3.0 blog roll?

    November 28, 2018

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