Trump Vows to Strong-Arm Apple’s Manufacturing back to America

by Matt Klassen on January 20, 2016

donald-trump-forcer-apple-usines-usaThere’s no question that real estate mogul Donald Trump has brought plenty of bluster and truculence to the Republican presidential race, and, in fact, like candidates before him who have successfully managed to harness technology to ultimately win the race, I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump’s controversial one-liners generated enough social media click-bait to propel him into the White House…but I digress.

Speaking of technology though, Apple found itself firmly in the crosshairs of Trump’s ire this past week, as The Donald made a passing remark stating that if made President he would work to force Apple to manufacture its “damn computers and things” in the United States, part of Trump’s overall campaign to restore America to its past glory.

While Trump didn’t elaborate on how he would force Apple to transfer its tech manufacturing to the U.S., in fall of 2015 the Republican presidential candidate took similar issue with Ford when the auto-maker announced plans to open a plant in Mexico, Trump saying at the time that crippling tariffs would inevitably drive U.S. companies back home.

As part of Trump’s overall goal to make America “greater than ever before,” we’ve seen a vision that includes more military spending, walls to keep out illegal immigrants, and, as we’re seeing here, a tax structure so onerous that it will be impossible for the likes of Apple to refuse his demands to bring tech manufacturing back to American soil.

“We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries,” Trump said in a speech on Monday at Liberty University in Virginia.

Now this isn’t the first time Trump has taken issue with Apple’s foreign manufacturing structure, as in 2012 he challenged then new CEO Tim Cook to bring his company’s operations back to the United States.

“Wouldn’t it be a great thing if the new leader of Apple said we’re going to start building plants in the United States,” Trump said at the time, adding, “Maybe the incentive’s not there…but when 100 percent of Apple’s products–or virtually 100 percent–are made outside of this country, it’s pretty sad.”

At the time Apple responded with evidence of its own “heroic” efforts at American job creation, although I found their claims dubious, a smokescreen to deflect the attention directed at the ongoing human rights atrocities being committed along the company’s overseas supply chain.

Now of course that wasn’t the only time Trump meddled in Apple’s affairs, as he called on the company in 2014 to manufacture a larger screen iPhone, and then took credit for its subsequent appearance. Perhaps such perceived influence over the Cupertino company (combined with Trumps unrelenting narcissism no doubt) has led the Republican presidential candidate to think that he knows what’s best for Apple, while the truth of the matter is that he doesn’t seem to know what’s best for anyone.

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