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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 09:31 AM

Trump is lying about the 'new' 'Apple' factory

In advance of Trump’s factory tour today, I took a look at the strange relationship that’s developed between Tim Cook and Donald Trump over the past three years. One of the things that popped up was one specific story that Trump would tell about Apple, in rally after rally and meeting after meeting. The idea was that Trump had somehow induced the company to build a new factory in the US, through some combination of tax cuts and trade policy, which was both very politically useful and also very much not true.

Today, perhaps not surprisingly, he told the lie again.

“We’re seeing the beginning of a very powerful and important plant,” Trump said at the factory. “Anybody that followed my campaign, I would always talk about Apple, that I want to see Apple building plants in the United States. And that’s what’s happening.”

This is not true for a couple reasons — one of them nitpicky and one of them a lot more serious. The nitpicky problem is that Apple isn’t actually building a manufacturing plant. The company is building a new campus in Austin, but it’s miles away from the factory and the jobs are going to be very similar to the kind of white-collar design and engineering work that Apple does in Cupertino. Apple doesn’t do its own manufacturing, and the plant Trump is standing in belongs to a contractor called Flex Ltd (formerly Flextronics).

But the bigger problem is that what Flex is doing isn’t anything new. This particular factory has been manufacturing Mac Pros since 2013, when Cook first announced it would assemble them in the United States. That’s before Trump took office. So the idea that we’re seeing the beginning of something, or that Trump has done something during his presidency to bring about this particular instance of US manufacturing, just doesn’t hold water.

https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/20/20974999/trump-is-lying-about-the-new-apple-factory

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Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Thu Nov 21, 2019, 09:41 AM

1. Trump Lies About Apple Plant That Opened In 2013

Full disclosure: I substituted the tweet from UnfollowTrump for the one from realDonaldTrump. Also, I own shares of AAPL.

Trump Lies About Apple Plant That Opened In 2013
November 21, 2019

The New York Times reports:

President Trump on Wednesday toured a Texas plant that makes high-end Apple computers, chatting with Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, and accepting a plate with the words “Assembled in USA.”

It was a pretty typical publicity event, until the end. Mr. Trump walked in front of the news cameras and took credit for the plant, suggesting it had opened that day. “For me, this is a very special day,” he said. Mr. Cook stood next to him, stone-faced. The plant has been making Apple computers since 2013.

Immediately after Mr. Trump’s comments, Mr. Cook thanked the president and his staff. “I’m grateful for their support in pulling today off and getting us to this far. It would not be possible without them,” he said. He did not correct the record.

Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America. Today Nancy Pelosi closed Congress because she doesn’t care about American Workers!



I suppose it would be asking too much for Tim Cook simply to have politely stepped aside and away from the president when Trump turned their silly Apple promo event into a partisan attack on Democrats, an assault on the media, and lies about the weighty question of impeachment.



“I said someday we’re gonna see Apple building plants in our country, not in China. And that’s what’s happening...Our country has never done better,” President Trump says at an Apple plant in Texas.

#PromisesMadePromisesKept



#APFactCheck: President Trump falsely claims that he opened an Apple plant Wednesday in Texas. The plant has been in business for years.



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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 10:56 AM

2. Trump visits 6-year-old Apple plant, claims he opened it Wednesday

David Fahrenthold Retweeted

Trump visits 6-year-old Apple plant, claims he opened it Wednesday https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/No-That-Mac-Factory-in-Texas-Is-Not-New-14851143.php?utm_campaign=CMS%20Sharing%20Tools%20(Premium)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral … #hounews


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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 08:35 PM

5. +1

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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 11:53 AM

3. It's all about him of course. All about him. Such a SICKO !

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Fri Nov 22, 2019, 02:53 AM

6. Suicides at FoxConn

How many Chinese killed themselves at Apple factories again?
Remember the nets to catch them?
China is a disgrace. We banned slavery here in america jus to restart it again over there

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