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Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won't make hatchback in US

Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won't make hatchback in US”

Then, after Trump started threatening his new tariffs against China, Ford decided in August that it wouldn't sell the Focus Active in the US after all. Meanwhile, Apple warned in a letter sent earlier this month to the us trade representative that a potential new round of tariffs would "increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives".

But if Apple shifted to building its iPhones in the U.S. instead of China, it would require "20 percent price increases to offset the incremental labor costs", Bank of America Merrill Lynch told clients on Monday. CNBC. This is just the beginning.

Apple, in pushing back on the tariff proposal, said it bought more than $50 billion worth of components from US-based suppliers past year and that it's the largest U.S. corporate tax payer.

Responding officially to Donald Trump's tweet, Mike Levine, Product Communications Manager, Ford North America tweeted (below) saying, "It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the us given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units and its competitive segment".

"Ford has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the USA because of the prospect of higher US tariffs.' CNBC".

But in a statement Sunday, Ford said "it would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the U.S." given forecast yearly sales below 50,000. Earlier this year Ford cancelled all its smaller cars with the exception of the Mustang and the Focus Active. It stopped making Focus sedans at a Wayne, Michigan, plant in May.

"Semiconductors are America's fourth-largest export, and our industry has a global trade surplus of over $6 billion and a surplus with China of close to $2 billion in 2017", Intel's letter said.

"Without the tariffs, the business case was pretty solid for that model in the US market", Kim said.

The tariffs changed everything. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that Trump's proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would amount to a 25% tax on products such as AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePod, and others shipped to the United States, and those costs would likely be passed to customers. These tariffs have since been extended to an additional $16 billion in Chinese goods and in the near future, will be applied to another $200 billion in goods.

China has threatened retaliation, which could include action against USA companies operating there.



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