U.S. President Donald Trump visited the Apple Computer Manufacturing Plant in Texas on Tuesday. On the same day, Mr. Trump had a good exchange with Mr. Cook, saying he was pleased with “Made in America.” But the US media poured cold water: the president falsely claimed that he had “opened” an Apple computer factory. CNN reported on Trump’s trip to Texas Tuesday, saying the president did one of the things he often did when he visited the Apple plant: exaggerating his role in it.
“We saw the completion of a very powerful and important factory. Anyone who follows my campaign knows that I’m always talking about Apple – I want to see Apple build a factory in the United States. Trump said during his visit.
Shortly after leaving Texas, however, a tweet from Mr. Trump on a social platform caught the attention of the Us media. “Today I opened a large Apple manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring back well-paid jobs in the United States,” he wrote. Today Pelosi shuts down Congress because she doesn’t care about American workers! “
In fact, CNN said, First Trump did not “open” the factory, which has been making Apple’s Mac Pro since 2013. It’s a manufacturing facility that belongs to Flex, not Apple; second Pelosi didn’t close Congress, the House is still in session, and the bill was passed that day.
The New York Times also said that during a visit to the factory, Mr. Trump strongly suggested that it was Apple’s own plant. But it’s not, but Cook hasn’t corrected that either. VTech has a contract with Apple to produce the Mac Pro.
According to the US media, Mr. Trump could have said his role in keeping Mac Pro products in the United States. In September, Apple announced that it would make a new version of its computer in the U.S. Apple said it decided to stay in the U.S. because the U.S. government granted a tariff exemption on key parts Apple imports from China.
In June, Apple had planned to move its Mac Pro production line to China, hurt by tariffs and manufacturing costs. At the time, Apple demanded a 25 percent exemption from import duties on some components, including a power unit, a stainless steel housing, a circuit board, a fully installed mouse and a trackpad.
Asked after the visit whether he would consider granting Apple a tariff exemption on goods made in China, Mr. Trump was reportedly asked to say “under consideration.”
The U.S. media also said that only Mac Pro products are suitable for production in the U.S., while other products such as the iPhone are still not possible. Apple CEO David Cook said in an interview after the visit that the iPhone is a product of a global supply chain that will eventually be assembled in China and that it is not realistic to assemble the iPhone in the United States.