The gargantuan tech company Apple doesn’t typically tolerate leaks of their upcoming products or company decisons — but it seems President Trump may have done just that. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump stated that he spoke to Apple’s CEO Tim Cook who supposedly said, “they are going forward” with plans to build three new plants in the U.S.
Getting Apple to produce their product in the US would be Trump’s “Moby Dick” deal of a lifetime, keeping good on his promise to bring jobs back to America. The company that amasses more money than the federal government has predominantly outsourced their iPhone production to China, but that may be a thing of the past.
Trump’s initial goal was for Apple to build “three big plants, beautiful plants” in the US. The president said he explained to Cook, “I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won’t consider my administration an economic success.”
The two have seemingly found common ground as Cook has allegedly agreed to do exactly that, according to CNN.
Currently, there is no indication on how many jobs this would bring to America or where the plants will be built, but Trump on the campaign trail said he would “get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of other countries.”
If what President Trump is saying does indeed happen, it would be another example of Trump keeping his campaign promise to bring back jobs.
Apple may have tipped their hand in the deal in May when they created $1 billion fund for advanced manufacturing investments in the U.S.
In typical Apple fashion, they have yet to respond to Trump’s impromptu remarks, but this wouldn’t be the first time the tech conglomerate withheld an announcement until they were ready.
In 2014, Apple didn’t publicly announce that the company had bought Beats Electronics until weeks after the purchase was leaked by the press.