US President Donald Trump has called upon Apple CEO Tim Cook yet again over bringing company’s manufacturing back to the country. The US President now told Wall Street Journal that Cook has promised to set up three ‘big’ plants in the country. Trump didn’t reveal much on whereabouts of the three Apple manufacturing plant. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil MiniAlso Read - Apple originally planned to launch new MacBook at WWDC 2021, but didn’t: details here
“I spoke to (Cook), he’s promised me three big plants big, big, big,” Trump said in the WSJ interview. He has been eyeing Apple to bring its manufacturing back to the country rather than outsourcing. The US President has been vocal against companies who outsource manufacturing and labor from or in other countries. He believes that many US citizens have lost employment due to this and Apple has been at Trump’s radar ever since the US Presidential election wrapped up.
Apple products such as the iPhone, iPad or Mac computers are assembled outside the US borders, primarily in China. The company also started one of the manufacturing plants in India earlier this year. According to reports, Apple invested around $50 billion last year dealing with US suppliers. Also, Cook announced in May that it aims to invest around $1 billion in companies or potential suppliers based out of US in order to subsequently scale up manufacturing. ALSO READ: Apple reportedly planning to build its own flexible OLED panels for future iPhones
According to Fortune report, Apple claims to have created around 2 million jobs in the country, 80,000 of which are employed at the company facilities itself. However, Apple has not out an official word in response to Trump’s claims. The US President says he cannot remark the country’s administration as an ‘economic success’ until Cook starts building Apple products within the country itself.