Mr. Trump, in a 45-minute interview with The Wall Street Journal,
said Mr. Cook promised him Apple would build “three big plants,
beautiful plants.” Mr. Trump didn’t elaborate on where those
plants would be located or when they would be built.
“I spoke to [Mr. Cook], he’s promised me three big plants — big,
big, big,” Mr. Trump said as part of a discussion about
business-tax reform and business investment. “I said you know,
Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I
won’t consider my administration an economic success. He called
me, and he said they are going forward.”
Apple declined to comment.
This is odd in so many ways. If it’s true, this is a massive strategic shift for Apple, and it makes me wonder why Cook would share this news with Trump prior to Apple announcing it on their own terms. And if it’s not true, boy did Trump just send Cook a huge shit sandwich.