President Trump to Visit Apple Manufacturing Plant in Texas
AUSTIN, TX—President Donald Trump is heading to Texas to tour Apple’s manufacturing plant in Austin.
The White House announced that the president is expected to join Apple CEO Tim Cook on a tour of the company’s facilities in Austin after Apple earlier this year announced it would keep manufacturing its Mac Pro computers there, after the Trump administration granted it relief from some federal tariffs.
The Apple tour comes after a dispute between the administration and the company over federal tariffs. Apple threatened to move its manufacturing operations to China because of tariffs on parts it imports from the country. However, the Trump administration granted Apple exemptions from those tariffs and Cook announced it would stay in Austin.
Apple has rapidly expanded its operations in Austin, its second-largest hub outside of Cupertino, California. The company says it employs 6,200 people there and it is currently working on a $1 billion expansion that it claims will make Apple the largest private employer in the city.