Donald Trump says he and Tim Cook talked Apple manufacturing, tax cuts

During his campaign, Donald Trump talked about getting Apple to make its “damn computers” in the United States. The president-elect now says he and Apple CEO Tim Cook have discussed it.

In an interview with the New York Times Tuesday, Trump said Cook called to congratulate him on his election victory. Trump then told Cook the following, according to the Times’ transcript:

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.’

Trump said Cook responded that he understood his concern, and that he then promised him tax incentives to make it a reality.

“We’re going for big tax cuts, we have to get rid of regulations, regulations are making it impossible,” Trump said he told Cook.

SiliconBeat has asked Apple for comment but has not yet received a response.

Cook, who has said that Apple makes most of its products overseas because the Chinese have manufacturing “skill” due to the country’s focus on it, was not known to be a supporter of Trump. He was among the tech executives who held fundraisers for Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. However, he also held a fundraiser for Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and has given money to both political parties.

Despite Trump’s (and others’) focus on getting Apple to move its manufacturing to the United States, numerous articles have pointed out that it — the world’s most valuable publicly traded company — contributes plenty to the U.S. economy. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that Apple employs 80,000 people in this country and says it has 69 suppliers in 33 states that manufacture parts for its products. In addition, its vast app economy employs developers and others. Apple also makes some Macs at a plant in Texas.

Also during his campaign, Trump slammed Apple for refusing to help the FBI hack into the encrypted iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters earlier this year. Trump called for a boycott of Apple over the issue.


Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at a product launch event on March 21, 2016, at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Donald Trump said this week that he and Cook have talked. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)


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  • NoMoreTaxes

    Lets make Apple great again

  • kicks1969

    Once we said, oh poor china people are starving there….Now it’s poor America, people are starving here…. Thank Obama! 8 years of 1% gdp and double of the national debt.