Are Apple's CEO Tim Cook and America's CEO Donald Trump best buds? Trump is sure making it sound that way (despite some photographic evidence that would suggest otherwise).
In a recent 45-minute interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump claims Cook has promised to build "big plants, beautiful plants" here in the US.
"He's promised me three big plants big, big, big," said the president. "I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won't consider my administration an economic success. He called me, and he said they are going forward."
For clarification here, we are talking about factories, not actual green plants that grow with sunlight.
CNet reminds us that these "big, big, big" plants fall in line with Trump's election promises to return manufacturing to the United States. Apple products are currently assembled
by little babies overseas, namely in China.
According to CNet, "Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles iPhones for Apple in China, is already considering a facility in the US. The Journal reported on Monday that an announcement on a plant in Wisconsin could come sometime this week."
You might remember that earlier this year, Cook sat down to dinner with Ivanka and Jared, and later announced that he did not support the ban on immigrants. Cook did show up to last year's Trump tech meeting, a gathering which many big wigs in the industry refused to attend. Cook did, as we reported at the time, look miserable throughout the whole ordeal.
Bringing Apple production and assembly to the United States is something Cook has been considering for a long time, including in cooperation with former President Barack Obama. In fact, MacObserver reminds us that Cook got a shout-out in one of Obama's State of the Union Addresses. Should Cook not bring tens of thousands of jobs to America which he planned to try and do anyway just because Trump wants him to? Does Cook's willingness to work with Trump (on a first name basis, no less) constitute collusion with other polices like the Muslim-ban or the ban on transgender soldiers from serving in the military? Please advise.
Apple hasn't released an official statement on Trump's interview. And Trump's interview didn't include any information on when or where these gorgeous, fabulous plants would be built.