Donald Trump thinks he can make Apple build Macs in U.S.

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Donald Trump Liberty University
We don't know either, Mr. Trump.
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If he really wants the job, presidential hopeful Donald Trump should probably figure out what the office can and can’t do.

Trump showcased his continuing delusion of ultimate executive power to do everything ever at a speech at Liberty University today. And in addition to his lofty goals to construct a huge wall completely sealing off the border between the United States and Mexico (“Someday they’ll call it Trump Wall”) and build a military “so big, so strong, [and] so powerful that nobody is going to mess with us,” he also turned his attention to companies like that have outsourced production overseas to save money on labor and taxes.

“We’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries,” Trump said, apropos of nothing.

The plan he presented during the speech was to impose a 35 percent tax on goods “every time they come across the border.” He believes this will create such a burden on companies like Apple and Ford Motor Company (which also got called out with a big dose of Trumpiness) that they will have no choice but to move production back to the United States.

That’s a fantastic plan when you’re shouting it to a huge room of people who agree with you, but Trump is missing something: The president can’t do that.

Obviously, Trump has never let the truth get in the way of a good outrage, but the candidate — who spent a lot of today’s speech talking up how much he loves both free trade and China — appears to be under the impression that he can unilaterally decide where companies can and can’t build.

He can’t impose those huge, deal-fueling taxes he’s talking about. Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution is pretty clear that that’s Congress’ job, and if we’ve learned one thing over the past eight years, it’s that it’s really difficult for the president and Congress to get anything done if they have even minor disagreements.

But the crowd liked it, probably because Trump was talking so quickly that they couldn’t really get a chance to think about how insane this plan is, and that’s really all he was going for.

Via: Gizmodo

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  • Dave Francis

    YOU WANT CHANGE IN OUR NATION? YOU HAVE GOT IT, BY VOTING FOR
    DONALD TRUMP?

    This is the epitome of what Democrats and the GOP Syndicates is
    doing to this sovereign country and only Donald Trump, a Conservative that the
    two parties are livid about? Just remember
    Donald Trump is disliked, because he cannot be bought by the wealthy special
    interests. It means change for the American people, as they have been ripped
    off long enough by the politicians that are in the financially dependant on the
    deep pockets of the affluent, which is the dark side of this government; very
    few are innocent of taking money. They are happy with their pockets full of
    cash and it’s not only for their campaigns, but their own personal use.

    JUST REMEMBER DONALD TRUMP IS UNTOUCHABLE, AS NOBODY CAN BUY HIS
    ALLEGIANCE TO THE US PEOPLE. THE REST ARE
    PUPPETS OF THE POWERFUL, THE INFLUENTIAL WHO HAVE THEIR LOBBYISTS HIDING IN
    EVERY CORNER OF CONGRESS WITH A BLANK CHECK.
    ONCE SEATED IN CONGRESS MAYBE MONTHS OR YEARS LATER, THEY WILL RECEIVE A
    PHONE CALL…IT’S TIME TO PAY THE PIPER?

    SO MANY ISSUES CAN BE RESOLVED BY THIS BUSINESSMAN AND NOW
    POLITICIAN ON BOTH SIDES WILL DO EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO DESTROY HIS PARAMOUNT REPUTATION FOR GETTING
    THINGS DONE.

    King Obama is to blame for the lax enforcement at the border,
    but the House of Representatives also must carry the REAL BLAME, as they let
    pass the Omnibus budget and funding everything that this extreme Liberal
    President wanted. This includes taxpayer money for the resettlement of Syrian
    Refugees, which should remain in safe zones in their own country guarded by
    neutral troops and BILLIONS OF DOLLARS to house, educate and offer benefits to
    illegal alien entries throughout our nation.

    ONLY ONE MAN, ONE VERY TOUGH GUY WILL BEGIN THE DEPORTATION OR
    REPATRIATION OF THE MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS SQUATTING HERE. AFTER INAUGURATION BUILDING THE WALL, FIRST ON
    DONALD TRUMPS LIST AND THEN THE PINNACLE OF INTERIOR ENFORCEMENT MANDATED
    E-VERIFY. THE DEPLOYMENT OF 1000 OF MORE ICE AGENTS, TO IMPLEMENT A NEW PHRASE
    OF E-VERIFY TO SEEK OUT THE UNKNOWN NUMBERS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, OVERSTAYS
    AND MIGRANTS, USING DIGITAL
    E-VERIFY. AS A FULCRUM IN THE WORKPLACE,
    TARGETING TO SEE WHO ARE HERE LEGALLY? AGENTS WILL COME DOWN HEAVILY ON
    BUSINESSES THAT PROVIDE WORK FOR ILLEGAL NATIONALS, AND THEY WILL BE HELD
    ACCOUNTABLE WITH HARSH PENALTIES.

    “Every
    immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the
    country.” A Quote from President Theodore Roosevelt

    California issued more than a
    half-million driver’s licenses under a new law granting the identifying
    documents to immigrants who may be in the country illegally,” the Associated
    Press noted.
    “The Department of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday that 605,000 licenses
    were issued since AB60 took effect last January. That’s out of 830,000
    applications.”

    MORE STATES ARE BEGINNING TO ISSUE DRIVERS LICENSES TO FOREIGN
    NATIONALS WHO ARE STEALING AMERICAN JOBS AND TRUMP WILL END IT.

    Issues that matter: Donald Trump has said:

    1. Illegal
    immigration: Trump said it is one of the most important things
    to talk about, and that the United States cannot take chances.

    2. ISIS: He said it reflects the greatest
    Trojan horse ever, and must be stopped.

    3. Second
    amendment: “It is very good and will be totally protected
    if I’m elected.”

    4. Super
    PACS: He said these groups are running politicians and must be
    gotten rid of to get a clear vision of what’s really going on in America.

    5 Common core: “It’s very bad, and children
    should be educated locally.”

    6. Military:
    “It is the least prepared it’s been in generations. We will build it up
    again so no one wants to mess with us. We are protecting countries so rich, but
    they are paying us peanuts.”

    7. Border
    Issues: He said he would build a safe zone.

    9. Corporate Welfare: Trump will renegotiate
    all the foreign countries fleecing America, and take back our jobs and businesses that have flown the coop, and
    will be given the opportunity to apply honest TRADE and not play America for a soft victims. Trillions of
    dollars will return to our country and foreign countries and corporate and
    industrial entities will be paying taxes to import their goods to our consumer
    nation.

    10. Health
    care: He said he would repeal “Obamacare.”

    11. U.S. Veterans: “They must be taken care of.
    In many cases, they are treated worse than illegal immigrants.”

    12. Senior Citizens: Older
    citizens who are retired should be treated with respect and enough money to
    live a comfortable life. They have earned that right..

    UNDER A DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENCY IMMIGRATION RAIDS WILL BE FOR
    REAL, NOT THESE CONCOCTED LIES BY THE WHITE HOUSE.

    RED
    FLAG WARNING: IOWANS FLOOD THE CAUCUSES AND VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP. IN NEW HAMPSHIRE GET OUT AND VOTE FOR
    TRUMP. NEVADANS AND EVERY AMERICAN WHO WANTS CHANGE OUR NATION FOR THE BETTER, THE
    LIKES WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN OUR LIFETIME. VOTE FOR TRUMP!

    • Tallest Skil

      The best thing about enforcing ACTUAL immigration policy is that we won’t NEED universal raids. It will just be undesirable for them to come here at all, and the ones who are here will LEAVE of their OWN volition.

    • elder Signin

      Dear Dave, Thank you for your wandering political rant. You have President Obama, I get that. You also plan to elect Trump to KING of America, I get that too. Trump will have to be King vs President to even think about what you and him are blathering about.

      But blather on, its your right. However, all the things Trump blathers about to you are NOT his right or in his power as a President. Funny, I thought you and him would know that…. Weird

      • stickyicky97

        And your solution? Hillary who is a lying, corrupt, inept, and evil hag or Sanders who is a Socialists that will collapse our economy with his reckless entitlement program spending and expansion. At this point, I don’t even care if our President is likable. All I want is someone that shrinks our government, reforms our economy, protects our borders, and rebuilds our military.

      • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

        “entitlement program”? Oh you mean that social security fund every working person has paid into for their entire working life? Right. “Rebuild our military”? As if already having the largest unnecessary military in the world wasn’t enough.

      • Tallest Skil

        You do realize that even barring the forthcoming global financial collapse, SS will be bankrupt in 15 years, right? Social security never should have existed, was never intended to be for everyone, and should be destroyed as soon as possible.

        >>unnecessary

        Sounds like treason to me.

      • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

        Apparently common sense = treason.

      • Tallest Skil

        Common sense ≠ gutting the defense of the nation, you imbecile.

    • Danny-wa

      This is probably the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time! You, sir, are the best at political satire!

  • http://www.designstrategies.com Len Williams

    Trump needs to realize that to bring Apple’s manufacturing back home, it needs to be done so that Apple benefits from taxes and incentives to do so. The moment we start “ordering companies to…” we’ve crossed the line into dictatorship. If China wasn’t giving Apple the inexpensive labor and tax breaks it does, Apple wouldn’t be there. Apple, like any other profit-making company, is going to go where it can get the most advantageous financial results to manufacture its products. THE US has lost trillions in manufacturing to China, Ireland and third world countries simply because they get great deals there. Fewer people are trying to put their hands in Apple’s pockets in these countries. This s very simple business 101.

    • CelestialTerrestrial

      The labor isn’t the main reason why Apple assembles in Asia. it’s that they have a lot more people in concentrated areas with the patience to deal with very small components. I don’t believe Foxconn could get hundreds of thousands of people lining up to get an assembly job for minimum wage that have the same level of expertise. It would literally take many years to buy the land, build buildings, etc.

      I’m sure it’s a lot easier to mfg Macs, as they are already making MacPros in the US. I”m surprised Apple hasn’t shifted more Macs into the US.

      They do make some Macs in Ireland.

    • laurelj100

      AND what hasn’t been well thought out by Trump is that imposing a huge tax on imports is only going to drive the costs of products up to the American people. Someone will have to pay that added costs, guess who? American consumers loose again. Trump needs to think of incentives for American companies, to create a desire for those companies to bring back manufacturing here and imposing huge tarrifs is NOT the way to do that. Not to mention the fact that he can NOT just unilaterally do this on his own, he has to get congresses approval. In the end until you can get the costs of manufacturing down in this country, you won’t retain American companies impetus to manufacture here, coupled with perhaps a fair profit margin on goods versus costs of living and wages paid and those are just three other extremely complex issue to resolve. Apple employees make a crazy salary but it also cost a lot of money to live here in California.

      • stickyicky97

        We are the world’s leading economy so foreign companies would move here and establish manufact. plants in order to be a part of our consumer markets. If you leave things like they are, we will continue to loose manufact. jobs and revenue. Just lowering the corp. tax rate would help us lure/keep more companies even if we don’t impose high tariffs and taxes on foreign companies. You sound like you want to sacrifice losing companies and jobs to overseas markets in order to maintain our access to cheap/affordable goods. You can’t have it both ways. However, there is a happy median here where we can make some changes to at least be more attractive and competitive.

    • stickyicky97

      He’s not talking about “ordering” them to bring manufact. back. Apple has expressed interest in manufacturing more products here, but our world’s highest corporate tax rate (and high Labor in some cases) makes it almost impossible. Like Trump or not, he is a smart business man and knows how the world economy, taxes, and foreign laws/policy work and effect business.

      • http://www.feastofbeast.com DJBabyBuster

        A “smart business man” doesn’t declare bankruptcy not once, but Four Times.

  • ArtiH

    Len, he does not have to dictate, as long as he creates a Incentive or a Subsity for manufacturers to produce in US, and implement extra import fees, and everyone will try to be in US, over time instead of selling goevernemt bonds to Chinase to support our unemployment he will be selling Bonds to support the Incentive which in fact will destabilize the Monopoly Chinese have on our consumer products. It will take time, it will be hard, but it can be done.
    I’m tired of listening to the old tune almost every candidate is singing, so I VOTE Trump, he is different, he is not politically correct, and I bet he is better than any others, he proved it with his empire, he can do it with Governments help.

  • pjs_boston

    My God, what an asshat Trump is!

  • Tallest Skil

    Make? I don’t think so.

    Make… it so profitable and desirable that Apple has no choice but to WANT to make Macs here? ABSOLUTELY.

  • Cody S

    Want me to let you in on a secret? Presidential candidates can’t do 90% of the things they claim they are going to do…

    • Tallest Skil

      Tell that to James K. Polk, who fulfilled all four of his campaign promises.

  • PTVMan

    Your headline is immediately false on its premise that “Donald Trump thinks…” He’s a racist, misogynistic, hateful man. Hitler Redux.

    • Tallest Skil

      Keep your paid shitposting to yourself, please.

      • JacktheMac

        No, 95% of Europe (and 100% of intelligent Americans) agree that Trump is a misogynistic, hateful racist. He’s also psychologically unstable and nowhere near as wealthy as he claims. Thank god he doesn’t have any chance of getting near the Oval office !

      • Tallest Skil

        >>95% of Europe

        Fucking lol.

        >>100% of intelligent Americans

        10/10; would laugh at you again.

        >>agree

        Consensus is not truth, imbecile.

        >>misogynistic, hateful racist.

        None of these things are true. Boogeymen only work when your opponent doesn’t see through your bullshit.

        >>psychologically unstable

        Citation needed.

        >>nowhere near as wealthy as he claims.

        How wealthy does he “claim” to be, and how wealthy “is” he?

        >>Thank god he doesn’t have any chance of getting near the Oval office !

        Will you kill yourself when he’s elected, or will you wait for inauguration day?

      • JacktheMac

        All I need to say in reply is that if the Republican party allow Trump to gain the nomination they are handing the Presidency to Clinton. Trump has already strained the GOP to near breaking point: his candidacy is not in the interests of those with real power in the US, since they realise he has neither the policies nor the intelligence for the presidency.

        Americans are not idiots: Trump has no chance whatsoever; you probably realise this.

      • Tallest Skil

        Okay, enjoy your delusions.

      • JacktheMac

        I look forward to finding out who’s deluded in November: or more likely, just after New Hampshire/Iowa. By then Trump will probably be demanding Muslims start wearing yellow crescents…

      • Tallest Skil

        And a good old “HURR TRUMP IS HITLER” to round us off! Thank goodness you’re so willing to out yourself as a paid shill on your own.

      • JacktheMac

        I don’t understand what you mean by a ‘paid shill’ but yes, Trump’s ideology is similar to that of Fascist Germany. He is playing on the fears of the ignorant and poorly educated to try and gain power. The idea of excluding Americans on the basis of their religion is contrary to the very foundations of the American constitution.

        I well remember Trump from his obnoxious cocaine-fuelled behaviour in Manhattan in the 1980s. I attended functions where he stood out by being loud, loutish and oddly aggressive. Then as now, the idea of him having any form of political responsibility would be ludicrous. He has never made any money in business (other than from his own TV appearances, his fortune was handed to him by his father). He was nasty piece of work thirty years ago, and he hasn’t matured well since.

        In a year’s time his political life will be over; within the next ten years he’ll either be bankrupt or in jail.

      • Tallest Skil

        >>Trump’s ideology is similar to that of Fascist Germany.

        Nope.

        >>He is playing on the fears of the ignorant and poorly educated to try and gain power.

        And people say he’s not good at pretending to be a politician!

        >>The idea of excluding Americans on the basis of their religion is contrary to the very foundations of the American constitution.

        NOPE! In fact, the ability of the President, Congress, and even individual states themselves to exclude ANYONE from entry at ANY time for ANY reason is LEGALLY AND CONSTITUTIONALLY UPHELD.

        >> cocaine

        Sounds more like libel than something I haven’t heard before.

        >>He has never made any money in business

        Sounds more like an outright lie than even a fudging of numbers.

        >>In a year’s time his political life will be over; within the next ten years he’ll either be bankrupt or in jail.

        So will you kill yourself when he’s elected, or will you wait for inauguration day?

      • PTVMan

        You’re an immature idiot.

      • Tallest Skil

        Great comeback. Really proves you’re not a shill.

  • bIg hIlL

    This dollop is hell, J Bush is sick, H Clinton is twisted. I hope they give O’Bummer another stretch…

  • j238

    Exactly where are all the Trump-branded products made?
    So, Trump’s platform is to effectively raise the prices on electronics. We’re all in favor of American jobs, but, honestly, we like cheap wide-screen TVs even more.

    • stickyicky97

      News flash, almost EVERY single company that manufactures a product can’t afford to do it domestically due to our world-leading corporate tax rate. Sure there are niche products that can be made here, but they are undoubtedly more expensive than making them overseas. We have to have a competitive tax rate in order to convince companies to move back to the United States. Look at Facebook and Google. They are not even what you call manufacturers, yet they have established “corporate headquarters” overseas and funnel their cash through them to avoid paying taxes on their profits. In my industry, companies are moving their manufacturing plants, literally, 100 yards across the border in Mexico to avoid paying our high taxes……….and since we don’t impose any tariffs or taxes on imports, it doesn’t cost them extra to ship their products back into the United States. So yes, Trump can make a big difference in bringing companies back by reforming our tax codes………….and this is also how he plans on “making Mexico pay for building a border wall”. He would accomplish this by imposing tariffs and taxes on their products and use that extra revenue to build the wall. So laugh, mock, discount Trump all you want, but he knows what he’s doing from a business side more than any other candidate. This doesn’t mean he has my vote, but he is better than anything the Democrats have to offer.

      • j238

        You really think Congress (under either party) would vote for high tariffs when their campaigns are financed by large corporations that profit from cheap labor overseas?

  • strangemax

    Well, straw dogs are easy to knock down. But considering what Trump actually said I think everyone would agree that America shouldn’t be anti-business. That being said, I disagree with Trump. Low skilled manufacturing jobs are better placed in developing countries where lower wages go farther. America needs the high skilled higher paying jobs. Unfortunately the government is in the way there too causing companies like Disney and other to import workers to get around Obamacare, etc. Bottom line socialism destroys.

  • emcampbe

    So if Trump was in a business that manufactured products rather than in real estate, does he think there is anyone who believes for a second that he would manufacture here vs. the country where he could do it cheapest to make the most profit like China. I think this is what’s called chutzpah.

  • edolecki

    Executive order whether he can or not.