Only days after President-elect Donald Trump won the 2016 election, it was revealed by a Japanese English-language business journal that Apple had asked two of its assemblers to look into manufacturing the popular iPhone line of smartphones in America.
“Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron Corp., the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.,” Nikkei Asian Review reported Friday. “Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.”
The timing was especially important, as June was exactly five months after then-leading GOP primary candidate Donald Trump pledged to try to persuade technology companies to relocate their operations to the U.S. were he to win the presidential election.
“We’re going to get Apple Computer to build their d–n computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries,” he said while speaking at Liberty University in January.
According to The New York Times, January was also the same month that Trump proposed instituting a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports to the country, a move that could severely affect the profits of technology giants such as Apple.
Based on the timing, it seemed possible that the then-GOP primary candidate’s rhetoric had played a role in spurring Apple to pursue domestic manufacturing.
Some sources have warned, however, that relocating the technology company’s operations to America would cost prices to skyrocket.
“Making iPhones in the U.S. means the cost will more than double,” an unnamed source told Nikkei Asian Review.
True, but it would also put countless unemployed Americans back to worth, which raises the question: Is it worth it to the American people to pay more for their phones if doing so means a better economy and country?
As someone who believes in putting “America First,” President-elect Donald trump would likely say yes.
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