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Link: Trump Says He Will Force Apple to Manufacture in the US Even Though That Makes Absolutely No Sense

ChristianKl          20 January 2016 02:29 AM

Trump before said that he thinks the economy grows more under Democrats than Republicans. Now he speaks about forcing apple to manufacture in the US. Maybe he's left of Clinton on the issue of free trade?

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melian 20 January 2016 09:05 AM

Trump is a political opportunist who used to support Democrats (among other things he made six digit donations to Clintons' foundation). So it seems more likely that Trump simply tells his potential voters what they want to hear. Protectionism is always popular among blue collar workers who are Trumpís main base. That said, I have no way of directly reading Trumpís mind and I canít exclude the possibility that he actually means it.


ChristianKl 20 January 2016 09:28 AM

Trumps main goal is obviously at the moment getting elected. He's going to say whatever he thinks will raise his chances of getting elected.
At the same time making statements like this invites political enemies to work against him getting elected. It makes businesses spend money into preventing him from becoming president.

Given the way things work Trump invites to discuss the issue at the debates.
He also can't really walk back from it before the election.


is4junk 20 January 2016 01:52 PM

Trump said "we're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries."

How does this translate in to "Force Apple to Manufacture in the US"?

Here is the reason Apple CEO Cook gave for not building in the US: "skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the U.S."

Bonus: Apparently Obama asked for Apple to make them in the US too but he gets a pass because when he said it - it made total absolute sense!

(all from the same article)


FrameBenignly 21 January 2016 09:06 PM

Trump specifically states he wants to raise taxes on businesses who manufacture in other countries. I'd say that's a form of coercion. Obama has also drawn support from labor unions, and has been more protectionist than most other Presidents. It's unusual for a Republican candidate to be more protectionist than the Democratic candidates.