Trump suspends tariff plans, console prices are safe for now

Trump tariffs Huawei

Over the past month, a major government decision has loomed over the video game industry. United States President Donald Trump proposed a series of new tariffs on Chinese goods, raising the import tax to 25%. The list of affected goods included video game consoles. Naturally, many major game publishers were concerned over these plans, and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) issued a statement in opposition. Later, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft all co-wrote a letter stating their opposition as well.

Tariffs indefinitely suspended

The government recently began deliberations on the subject, but we aren’t privy to those details. However, Trump himself has given us an update after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two conversed at a Group of 20 meeting, and they ended the meeting by calling a cease-fire. Trade talks negotiations will resume at a later date. In the meantime, both sides have agreed not to leverage any new tariffs for the time being.

Under the temporary agreement, China will buy up “large amounts of American farm products.” In return, Trump says he will allow Chinese company Huawei Technologies to resume buying equipment from US companies. The longterm fate of Huawei remains up for negotiation, as there is already bipartisan resistance to this decision. Republican Senator Marco Rubio claims to have the votes to overturn Trump’s decision.

Is it really over?

Huawei has been labeled a threat to national security by many, including Rubio. There is much concern that the Chinese tech company is using its devices and services to spy on behalf of the Chinese government. Huawei denies any wrongdoing and says the accusations are unfounded, but many US lawmakers are not convinced.

For now, the tariffs are off the docket. But if that is conditional on renewed sales to Huawei, then much is still up in the air. We’ll find out in the coming weeks if Rubio can really pass veto-proof legislation.


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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.