In retaliation, China then threatened to do likewise on $60 billion of US goods.
As part of a multi-industry effort coordinated by the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland coalition, 661 groups, including 520 companies and 141 associations representing a wide range of industries - agriculture, apparel and footwear, furniture, manufacturing, retail and more - sent a letter sent to the White House on Thursday that warned about about the long-term impact of tariffs on American businesses and consumer.
Trump's meeting with Cook was disclosed by daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump during an event that Trump held with governors on skills development.
On Thursday, Trump spoke with Cook about "trade, USA investment, immigration and privacy", White House spokesman Judd Deere said. Apple didn't respond to a request for comment on Thursday. -China trade tensions escalate and comes before a possible meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the June 28-29 G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
Mr Trump has said he wants to meet Mr Xi there and will decide on whether to extend tariffs to nearly all Chinese imports after that.
The coalition commissioned a report in February that showed the U.S. tariffs and China's retaliation would lead to the loss of more than 2 million U.S.jobs, increase costs for the average American family of four by nearly US$2,300, and trim U.S. GDP. Makers of consumer electronics like phones and tablets have escaped the brunt of tariffs to this point but likely would be affected by the next hike.
"We are counting on you to force a positive resolution that removes the current tariffs, fosters American competitiveness, grows our economy and protects our workers and customers", the companies and groups wrote. Cook has defended his company, saying it has a moderate share of the market and is not too large.