Donald Trump’s Simple Plan to Bring Apple Manufacturing Back to the US

Will Donald Trump Convince Apple and Tim Cook to produce their iPhone in the U.S.?
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Will Donald Trump Convince Apple and Tim Cook to produce their iPhone in the U.S.?
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Did Donald Trump convince Tim Cook to bring Apple manufacturing here in the States?

Since 2000, the United States has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. Donald Trump claims trade with China and Mexico is destroying the middle class. He also promised to bring back manufacturing jobs here in the United States. Now, in an interview with The New York Times, president-elect Donald Trump says he spoke with Tim Cook to build Apple products here in the United States.

So, how did that go?

“I was honored yesterday, I got a call from Bill Gates, great call, we had a great conversation, I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and 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.’

He said, ‘I understand that.’ I said: ‘I think we’ll create the incentives for you, and I think you’re going to do it. We’re going for a very large tax cut for corporations, which you’ll be happy about.’ But we’re going for big tax cuts, we have to get rid of regulations, regulations are making it impossible. Whether you’re liberal or conservative, I mean I could sit down and show you regulations that anybody would agree are ridiculous. It’s gotten to be a free-for-all. And companies can’t, they can’t even start up, they can’t expand, they’re choking.”

In the interview, Trump mentioned that his plan includes “a very large tax cut for [American] corporations.” He’ll also “get rid of” regulations, since “regulations are making it impossible.”

But what if American factories and manufacturers decide to build robots instead of hiring people? Not a problem, according to Donald Trump.

It’s a big thing, we’ll make the robots too. Right now we don’t make the robots. We don’t make anything. But we’re going to, I mean, look, robotics is becoming very big and we’re going to do that.  We’re going to have more factories. We can’t lose 70,000 factories.  Just can’t do it.  We’re going to start making things.”

The interview left unclear whether or not Tim Cook has plans to build a factory and manufacturer here in the States.  Despite his intentions, Donald Trump cannot force Apple nor Tim Cook to manufacture the iPhone in the United States.  But a combination of severe tariffs and tax incentives might do the trick.

Whether the US has the factory infrastructure and willing workforce is another question entirely.  Keeping the price of an iPhone uner $1,500 may also represent a serious challenge for a ‘US-based’ Apple.

6 Responses

  1. Remi Swierczek

    Unless we allow mega flow of semi-intelligent immigrants nothing will happen!

    Nobody will produce anything complicated in this country! Support industries like tool makers are gone since mid 90 ties. Robotic manufacturing requires unattainable number of super intelligent folks
    Only hope for bulky unfriendly for transportation objects.

    Let’s corner Larry Page force him to start obvious to an IDIOT totally computerized and totally automated $200B global music industry!

  2. Not Happy Jan

    I would like to see manufacturing and support industries to return to Australia..

    Currently Australia is a land of cafes, shopkeepers and over paid government and
    corporate employees that do very little..

    EVERYTHING is Imported and it’s awful.. and now foreigners are buying up all the houses and farms..

  3. Snotty European

    Wow, you Americans are even dumber than I thought. China spent decades investing in their manufacturing infrastructure, for starters, it’s even more sophisticated than you can imagine. Their supply logistics and processes are 1,000% more sophisticated than some bullshit air conditioning plant or Wal-Mart fullfilment center, plus it’s created by workers who are willing to work at 1/100th the wage of the lazy, fat American who thinks he’s deserved a job from 10-4. Good luck America! You just fucked your best company.

    • THE DUDE

      You’re proving your point: “China spent decades investing in their manufacturing infrastructure.” America currently isn’t doing that. All of the jobs were shipped overseas due to a number of factors. It was their plan all along.

      Also – Apple is on the decline because of innovation. They are no longer driving the industry and are milking their customer base with mediocre updates to flagship products (e.g. iPhones). Guess what, people are starting to get smarter and conscious. It’s a revolution. A renaissance. Time to start seeing the forest for the trees and stop being close minded.

  4. Eilo

    Canada immigration is about 400,000 peeps a year. The US is approx. 10 X the population, so hypothetically that’s about 4 million in immigrants a year. So with plants in states with a minimum wage of $5.00 an hour and no overtime pay, should be able to swing switching manufacturing over a 10 year period. Of course Trump will enforce dissolving every union in the US as well. So…

  5. Rick Shaw

    Yes, large tax cuts for corporations. Reward those businesses who have been manufacturing overseas for years and making huge profits off low wage workers.