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The visit gave Trump a chance to hail American manufacturing and step back, at least temporarily, from his tirade against big technology firms, including Apple, which he criticizes for manufacturing its products overseas.
Trump's ongoing trade war with China cast some doubt earlier this year on whether Apple's top-of-the-line computer would be assembled in the Lone Star State. In a nearby facility, Apple is already preparing to ship the all-new Mac Pro to customers starting in December.
He responded to Trump by writing, "Apple actually opened that plant in 2013 during the Obama administration, you lying dipsh*t". But he also said that his view is "very positive" regarding China. "By not ruffling Trump's feathers he's gotten quite a lot out of it". As a result, Apple is on track to contribute $350 billion to the United States economy between 2018 and 2023 and the company will hire an additional 20,000 employees in cities across the country.
The Apple CEO who is "Tim Apple" for Trump, was set to take the President, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow, Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, and Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President, for a campus tour later, media reported. The site is located at the corner of Dallas Drive and West Parmer Lane, roughly one mile north of Apple's existing office campus at 5501 W. Parmer Lane. 'The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!'
Trump's visit to the facility drew both supporters of the president and protesters.
Apple, however, has spent nearly $18 million since 2017 on lobbying the Trump administration, and it hired a pro-Trump lobbyist last week.
'To Tim:' Trump tweeted late last month.
The company has come under fire from Mr Trump because it makes most of its products in China.
The ability in Austin is anticipated to make use of 5,000 folks when it opens, and Apple says that it has the capability to make use of as much as 15,000.
Cook, for his part, had pitched Trump on the problem that higher tariffs would pose for Apple, particularly its iPhones.