“Donald Trump, the billionaire and leading Republican candidate for president of the United States, says he wants Apple, the biggest technology company in the world by market valuation, to make its computers and other products in America,” Arik Hesseldahl writes for CNBC.
“It made for a good sound bite, but it betrayed a deep ignorance of how the tech economy actually works and the role of American workers in it,” Hesseldahl writes. “Speaking at Liberty University… Trump cited Apple in one of the blunt, sweeping statements for which he has become known on the campaign trail: ‘I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we’re gonna get things coming … we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.'”
“Any honest presidential candidate regardless of party should say clearly and indeed proudly that America doesn’t want these jobs to come back. Final assembly jobs are low-skilled, low-paying occupations; no American would wish to support a family on what the jobs would pay,” Hesseldahl writes. “In addition, no American consumer would want to pay the resulting price for the iPhone or iPad.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: Transcript of Donald Trump’s remarks regarding Apple:
We have such amazing people in this country. Sharp, smart, energetic; they’re amazing. I was saying “Make America great again,” I actually think we can say now – and I really believe this – we’re going to get things coming [imports], we’re going to get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries. And, I honestly think I can say – and I’ve said it for the last two weeks and I mean it 100% or I wouldn’t say it: We’re going to make America great again, greater than ever before. And we can do that and we’re going to win and win a lot. — Donald Trump, January 18, 2015
Trump’s remarks begin at 1:03:21:
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]