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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.

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