The New York Times reports that president-elect Donald Trump has talked to Apple CEO Tim Cook regarding making its products in the United States. Trump said:
I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here.’
And Cook reportedly responded by saying:
[Cook] said, ‘I understand that.’ I said: ‘I think we’ll create the incentives for you, and I think you’re going to do it. We’re going for a very large tax cut for corporations, which you’ll be happy about.’
Suppliers have said in the past that the biggest issue with moving the supply chain to the U.S. is that the country lacks the required vocational skills for manufacturing.