President Donald Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook had called him up and “promised me three big plants—big, big, big.”
“I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won’t consider my administration an economic success,” Trump added. “He called me, and he said they are going forward.”
Apple, which does do a limited amount of manufacturing in the US, declined to comment to the WSJ. But it has committed to investing some $2 billion in funds which will invest in US manufacturing, and its iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is reportedly looking to invest $7 billion in a US-based facility after being promised a sweetheart tax deal.
Did Tim Cook really call Trump to promise him three Apple factories? Might as well take the president at his word, given he’s never, ever misrepresented a manufacturing deal, right?