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Thu Nov 21, 2019, 09:31 AM

Trump is lying about the 'new' 'Apple' factory [View all]

In advance of Trumpís factory tour today, I took a look at the strange relationship thatís 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.

ďWeíre seeing the beginning of a very powerful and important plant,Ē Trump said at the factory. ďAnybody that followed my campaign, I would always talk about Apple, that I want to see Apple building plants in the United States. And thatís whatís happening.Ē

This is not true for a couple reasons ó one of them nitpicky and one of them a lot more serious. The nitpicky problem is that Apple isnít actually building a manufacturing plant. The company is building a new campus in Austin, but itís 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 doesnít 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 isnít anything new. This particular factory has been manufacturing Mac Pros since 2013, when Cook first announced it would assemble them in the United States. Thatís before Trump took office. So the idea that weíre seeing the beginning of something, or that Trump has done something during his presidency to bring about this particular instance of US manufacturing, just doesnít hold water.


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