The US government, with Donald Trump leading the way, has tried to intervene in Apple’s appeal against the EU order that condemns the Cupertino company to pay a fine of up to 13,000 million euros in Irish taxes, according to sources indicated by Reuters. This would mean a change in government-company relations following Donald Trump’s threats to Apple during the last election campaign.
If we look back at the end of last year we can remember how the European Commission published a document dated in August with 130 pages listing the reasons for the complaint Apple’s tax bar in Ireland thanks to which the US company can reduce almost To zero its fiscal invoice in Europe for dozens of years. After which Apple iPhone maker brought his case to the Luxembourg-based General Court, the second highest in Europe, last December.
The decision was already criticized by the Obama administration, and now an anonymous source because of the sensitivity of the matter indicates that “I can confirm that the United States filed an application before the General Court of the European Union to intervene in the case of the Retroactive application of State aid rules to Apple “.
Change in relations between Apple and Donald Trump?
Apple has always remained firm to ensure that they do not have any kind of favor treatment from Ireland and they have always paid the corresponding taxes in the country. Another battlefront that has also held steady is, curiously, the latest Trump policies that directly or indirectly affect the American company.
What is most striking about the matter is, in the face of the strong protectionism announced by Donald Trump in his new policies, the interest in the fine imposed by Apple imposed by Europe being withdrawn considering that the firm would have taken advantage of Irish legislation to Having to pay less taxes. Also remember that months ago the president of the United States said that he was going to “force Apple to build its damn computers in this country instead of in other countries.”
To this tense relationship must be added the position of Apple against the anti-immigration measures of the Trump government that has led the company even to the possibility of legal action along with other companies such as Facebook and Google .
Is this the beginning of the change in relations between Apple and Donald Trump ? We can find anything by now.