The first lady is making headlines for her head-turning ensemble after she stepped out at the White House wearing an enormous white hat and skirt suit paired with soaring Christian Louboutin pumps. Besides Cook, other industry titans including Rupert Murdoch were at the event. China retaliated with tariffs of equal value on more than 100 US products, including some agricultural goods.
Apple did not immediately return FOX Business' request for comment. The president's criticism of Apple about manufacturing its products outside the United States has pressured the Silicon Valley giant to tout its economic impact inside the nation, including by announcing past year a $1 billion investment to help boost USA manufacturing.
Cook, who attended Trump's first state dinner at the White House on Tuesday night, has publicly objected to the president's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and criticized the USA president's comments after last year's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The administration has tried to downplay fears of a trade war between the world's two largest economies.
China is a key market for Apple as it is for many other companies. He has clashed with the tech sector on issues including trade, immigration and the environment.
In addition to his concerns about trade, Cook has publicly objected to the president's decision to end a programme protecting from deportation young immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children. He also hosted CNN president Jeff Zucker for the dinner.
Apple said spending will create 20,000 new jobs through hiring at its existing campuses in Cupertino, Austin and a planned new campus.