Published: Thu, November 21, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

How Apple's Tim Cook built a relationship with Trump

How Apple's Tim Cook built a relationship with Trump

President Donald Trump says Republicans scored a victory in Wednesday's congressional hearing, and he is declaring the impeachment inquiry "over".

The visit gave Trump a chance to hail American manufacturing and step back, at least temporarily, from his tirade against big technology firms, including Apple, which he criticises for manufacturing its products overseas. And one company, Amazon, has sued the Trump administration claiming a defense contract was denied because of the President's animus against its owner.

Trump visited a factory in Austin, Texas, that has made the Mac Pro for Apple since 2013.

Trump hinted that he would consider a tariff exemption for Apple's manufacturing in China.

The new campus in Austin, Texas is part of Apple's commitment to increase its investment in manufacturing, engineering, and other jobs across the United States.

The president put Cook on the spot as they stood before reporters and asked him to gauge the health of the US economy.

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"Someday we're going to see Apple building plants in our country, not in China", he said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook pitched Trump on the problem that higher tariffs posed for Apple.

"He's not saying 'I love Trump, ' but he's not saying 'I hate Trump, '" said Kay. After President Trump threatened tariffs on the computers made in China, Apple chose to have the computer built in Texas.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Cook has quietly cultivated his relationship with Trump through the president's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom advise the president.

A year after announcing a massive expansion into Austin, Apple is revealing details about its brand-new, $1 billion campus.

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