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First daughter Ivanka Trump alongside President Trump traveled to Austin, Texas to tour Apple’s Mac Pro manufacturing plant and meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
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Keeping the look simple yet sharp, Ivanka paired the suit with a matching camel top and a pair of tan suede pumps.
Joining Ivanka and President Trump on the Apple manufacturing plant tour was Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow and Apple CEO Tim Cook. During the tour, they all listened to employees talk about how products are being assembled at the plant. A worker, during the tour showed the president the bottom metal plate of a Mac Pro with the engravement “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in USA.”
“That’s what we want,” Mr. Trump said, holding up the plate.
After the tour, President Trump gave a brief remark and took questions from reporters.
“It’s an honor to be here,” Trump said. “We’re seeing the beginning of a very powerful and important plant. And anybody that followed my campaign, I would always talk about Apple, that I want to see Apple building plants in the United States. And having Tim Cook is somebody that I greatly respect, a great leader, a great businessman. He doesn’t have to worry about tariffs. Because when you build in the United States, you don’t have to worry about tariffs. It sort of helps people make a decision to come in.”
In June, Trump said Apple would not be exempt from tariffs on products it makes in China, including components of its new Mac Pro computer. However, Cook has lobbied the president since to reconsider, citing an agreement that the U.S. has with South Korea-based Samsung to allow it to avoid tariffs.
Trump suggested that he might exempt Apple from an upcoming round of tariffs. The Trump administration is set to impose additional tariffs on China next month as trade talks between the two sides drag out.
“Well, we’re looking at that,” Trump said when asked if Apple should be exempt from China tariffs. “And, you know, the problem we have is you have Samsung — it’s a great company, but it’s a competitor of Apple, and it’s not fair if because we have a trade deal with Korea. We made a great trade deal with South Korea, but we have to treat Apple on a somewhat similar basis as we treat Samsung.”
Cook thanked Trump, his daughter and Mnuchin for coming to the site.
“I’d like to thank everybody for coming and joining us. And I particularly would like to thank President Trump, Secretary Mnuchin, and Ivanka, and the other members of the administration,” Cook said during the remarks after the tour. “I’m grateful for their support and pulling today off and getting us this far. It would not be possible without them.”
“What you’re seeing here — the Mac Pro is 15,000 times more powerful than the original Mac, and it can perform 56 trillion tasks per second,” Cook added. “We cannot be more proud of the product. It’s an example of American design, American manufacturing, and American ingenuity. We want to thank everybody for coming.”
The president’s trip follows Apple’s announcement in September that it would continue manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin. The move came after the Trump administration agreed to waive tariffs on certain computer parts made in China.
Apple announced Wednesday that the 244,000-square-foot Flextronics facility employs about 500 workers. Apple said it has invested more than $200 million in the facility. They also announced it has started construction of a new campus in Austin in 2022 beside its existing facility where it makes the new MacBook Pro laptops.
Trump called the manufacturing plant a “fantastic facility” and said he’d been pushing Apple CEO Tim Cook since before he was elected to locate facilities in the U.S.
Cook, a member of the Trump administration’s American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, signed the administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers last year, committing to providing 10,000 new training opportunities for U.S. students and workers.
It is President Trump second visit to Texas in recent weeks as he highlights job growth with companies assembling products in the U.S. Last month, Trump alongside Ivanka toured the new Louis Vuitton plant in north central Texas.
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