Apple Looking Into U.S. Manufacturing, Trump Speaks With Apple CEO Tim Cook
By Kyle Wiggers, Digital Trends // January 19, 2017
(DIGITAL TRENDS) – Restoring thousands of manufacturing jobs to the United States’ struggling Rust Belt communities was one of President-elect Donald Trump’s biggest campaign promises, and at least one major technology company is considering following through.
According to The New York Times and Nikkei Asian Review, iPhone maker Apple has begun exploring the possibility of moving smartphone production to the United States.
Speculation began with an interview with The New York Times where Trump recounted a phone conversation with Tim Cook during which he urged the CEO to move part of Apple’s production line to the U.S.
“I was honored yesterday, I got a call from Bill Gates, great call, we had a great conversation, I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here.’ He said, ‘I understand that.’ I said: ‘I think we’ll create the incentives for you, and I think you’re going to do it. We’re going for a very large tax cut for corporations, which you’ll be happy about.’”
Following the interview with The New York Times, Trump has spoken on a number of occasions about Apple moving production to the U.S. Specifically, the president-elect spoke with Axios, saying that Cook had his “eyes open to it” and that he thinks that Cook “loves this country, and I think he’d like to do something major here.”
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