TRUMP: APPLE CEO PROMISES TO BUILD THREE U.S. PLANTS
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said in an interview that Apple CEO Tim Cook has committed to build three big manufacturing plants in the U.S., a surprising statement that would help fulfill his administration’s economic goal of reviving American manufacturing.
Trump, in a 45-minute interview with The Wall Street Journal, said Cook promised him Apple would build “three big plants, beautiful plants.” Trump didn’t elaborate on where those plants would be located or when they would be built.
“(Cook) promised me three big plants — big, big, big,” Trump said as part of a discussion about business-tax reform and business investment. “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.” Apple declined to comment. Trump’s comments were some of the first he has made regarding Apple manufacturing since assuming the presidency.
In Tuesday’s interview, Trump said people in New York and other states without jobs will have to move to states such Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado that are adding manufacturing.