That's what the company told US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a letter dated Wednesday, a last-ditch appeal to avoid additional tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion that could go into effect as soon as Friday.
Apple has written a letter to the Trump administration, saying the proposed $200 billion tariffs on China-made products will make the Apple Watch, AirPods headphones, HomePod smart speaker, Macs and key computer parts more expensive.
The deadline for public comment on the next wave of punitive taxes on $200 billion of annual imports from China expired Thursday, so Trump could impose the tariffs immediately.
The potential third tranche of tariffs on Chinese merchandise would primarily target consumer products, instead of high-tech products, like the first and second.
"That totally changes the equation", Trump said. Trump has said the tariffs are necessary to punish Beijing for what he says are its unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft. He recommended that Apple start building plants and move production of Apple products to the United States instead of China.
China so far has retaliated dollar-for-dollar with tariffs of its own on U.S. goods, but since it imports less than $200 billion a year from the United States, it has run out of room to match the US.
Apple is set to unveil new iPhones and other services on September 12. They have to decide whether to pay the tariff on an imported good or find a new supplier outside China.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow warned earlier on Friday that China may find themselves more isolated if trade talks with the USA fall apart. The US imported $505 billion in goods from China past year.
Trump has had Beijing in his crosshairs since he took office, and has applied increasing pressure to try to convince it to change its policies, allow more imports and reduce the $335-billion USA trade deficit with China.
"I think the Chinese, you know, may find themselves more isolated if they don't come into the global process and if they don't provide new information and begin to say yes to the asks of President Trump", said Kudlow on CNBC's Squawk Box.