Apple CEO Tim Cook accompanied U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday to visit Apple’s facility in Texas, where the company is assembling the Mac Pro,media reported. In a brief interview after the visit, Mr. Trump referred to Apple’s $1.3 trillion market value and praised the company as a model of American success. “I always talk about Apple, and I want to see Apple build in the U.S., and that’s what’s happening,” he said. “
Pictured: Apple CEO Tim Cook accompanied US President Donald Trump on a tour of Apple’s facilities in Texas
At the same time, Trump commented on Cook himself, calling him a “very special person.” “Cook is a man I have a great respect for, a great leader, a great businessman,” Trump said. “
Cook thanked members of the Trump administration who accompanied the visit, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, for helping Apple “achieve what it is today.” “Without their support, Apple wouldn’t be where it is today,” he said. “
But Cook did not specify what help he received or whether it was involved in the events following today’s visit, but the U.S. Trade Representative’s office has previously approved several tariff exemptions related to the Mac Pro.
Cook went on to talk about the company’s professional desktops and its American heritage. “We’re very proud of this product, which is the best example of American design, American manufacturing and American originality,” he said of the Mac Pro. Prior to the visit, Cook’s long-standing and successful relationship with the president gave Apple the green light for some, but not all, of its requests.
In addition to Mr. Cook’s direct phone calls and meetings with the president, Apple recently hired pro-Trump lobbyists to help solve its problems. On the issue of tariffs, Mr Trump has said: “Apple’s rival Samsung will not pay the tariff, and Cook will.” So I have to help him in the short term because it’s a great American company. “
However, Mr. Trump has also repeatedly told Apple to make hardware in the United States. As early as the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump said, “We’re going to let Apple make computers in the U.S., not other countries.” Later, Mr. Trump is said to have called Mr. Cook to thank him for announcing his decision to invest $350 billion in the United States.
The $350 billion investment is aimed at expanding Apple’s operations across the United States. Apple is also focused on expansion in a limited range of areas, including Austin, Texas. The new Mac Pro has just started production in Austin, where its replacement, the 2013 Mac Pro, was assembled.
Apple also announced Wednesday that it will begin construction of a planned new Austin campus that will eventually accommodate up to 15,000 employees.