US President Donald Trump has claimed that Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised the development of three major manufacturing plants in the United States.
During his election campaign, incumbent US President Donald Trump gave repeated promises to restore American industry – one of those being to force Apple to manufacture some of its products inside the United States.
According to Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook has apparently acquiesced to these demands, and has given indication that his company will build three major manufacturing plants in the United States – this being after Apple consulted two of its major manufacturing partners regarding a move to the States earlier this year.
Trump offered that “I spoke to [Tim Cook], he’s promised me three big plants – big, big, big… I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won’t consider my administration an economic success. He called me, and he said they are going forward.”
Trump has previously threatened to introduce a 45% tax on products manufactured in China, which correspondingly saw the nation counter-threaten a ban on iPhone sales within its borders.
Tim Cook has previously gone on record to endorse the skill and efficiency of the Chinese workforce – citing that “China put an enormous focus on manufacturing… The U.S., over time, began to stop having as many vocational kind of skills. I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we’re currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields.”
Apple has declined to respond to Trump’s comments, and the company’s plans for the future remain anyone’s guess at present.
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