Trump’s dream: Bring Apple manufacturing back to U.S.

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Trump would love to see Apple move operations back to the U.S.
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Donald Trump has said that his “real dream” is for Apple, along with other U.S. companies, to bring their manufacturing back to the United States.

Trump made the comments during an interview to promote his new book, Crippled America. “We think of Apple as an American company,” Trump said. “But they make their product in China. And they have offices here, but China makes more money with Apple than we do, if you think about it.”

He went on to offer the view that, “we have to bring Apple — and other companies like Apple — back to the United States. We have to do it. And that’s one of my real dreams for the country, to get … them back. We have a great capacity in this country.”

Although the bulk of Apple’s devices — most notably the iPhone — are produced in China, Apple has moved limited production back to the United States.

“We’ve been working for years on doing more and more in the United States,” Tim Cook noted in late 2012. In particular, some of Apple’s iMacs are already assembled on its home turf, rather than in China. The Mac Pro is also built in the U.S., while the failed sapphire glass plant with GT Advanced Technologies would have made the U.S. a key part of building new iPhones.

Unfortunately, the combination of available workers and production costs means Trump’s dream is unlikely to come true any time soon. But it’s still a question that’s well worth asking.

Source: Business Insider