President-elect Donald Trump is one person that has split opinions in America right down the middle. However, fact is fact -- he is going to be the next President of the United States of America, and he certainly has strong opinions on different important matters, ranging from immigration policies to business. After all, Donald Trump himself is cut from a different cloth from that of many other previous presidents, in the sense where he is already a billionaire and would find the lure of money and bribery to be less intoxicating than that of some of his predecessors. Perhaps this could be an advantage for him, as he is then free to concentrate on more pressing matters in the administration of the country, not to mention shape policies that will not only benefit America, but the rest of the world. It has been revealed that Donald Trump has already talked with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
A transcript of his conversation went like this, “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.’ He 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.’ But we’re going for big tax cuts, we have to get rid of regulations, regulations are making it impossible. Whether you’re liberal or conservative, I mean I could sit down and show you regulations that anybody would agree are ridiculous. It’s gotten to be a free-for-all. And companies can’t, they can’t even start up, they can’t expand, they’re choking.”
Right now, Apple sees majority of its manufacturing happen outside of the US, and Donald Trump would like to see that change after challenging home-grown corporations to bring back the manufacturing process to the US. Of course, Donald is now in the position to make policy changes that might actually see that happen in the corporate realm.
Do you think that seeing a return of manufacturing jobs in the US would be able to help make the country great again? Perhaps, or it might be an exercise in futility since large corporations all over the world have now gone global and with shareholders baying for blood if there is no performance improvement financially speaking, from one quarter to another, it might be a difficult ambition to achieve even with the right tax breaks put into place for corporations and conglomerates.
Will Apple follow through with this clarion call from president-elect Donald Trump? Only time will be able to tell, for for the moment, Cupertino looks pretty happy (along with their shareholders) for Americans playing a large role in tech support and engineering departments, while the rest of the world will be places used for manufacturing and hardware assembly.