Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he will force Apple to manufacture their products in the US instead of China if he is elected president.
Speaking at Liberty University, a Christian university in Virginia which was founded by evangelical preacher Jerry Falwell in 1971, Trump told a crowd of students and reporters that he would make Apple move their operations to America in order to create jobs.
At one point in his 45-minute speech, he said: "We're going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of other countries."
Trump also said if he becomes President he will try to impose a 35 per cent tax on American companies who outsource their manufacturing overseas - an increase on the 15 per cent outsourcing tax he proposed in his 2011 book Time to Get Tough.
Currently, Apple only produces its high-end Mac Pro computers in the US, at a factory in Austin, Texas.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Trump has historically been a strong supporter of free trade in the past, but he appeared to have changed his views slightly in Monday's speech.
As CNET reports, he said: "Free trade is good. But we have to do it [force companies to manufacture in the US]. Or we won't have a country left."
As Gizmodo points out, Trump would have a hard time enacting these policies if he makes it into the Oval Office - forcing Apple (and the numerous other companies that have operations in China) to move their manufacturing to the US would involve passing a host of wide-reaching and highly controversial laws, which would be unlikely to make it through the US political system.
Due to the huge amount of manufacturing that takes place in China, the supply chain there is much longer than in the US, making it easier and cheaper to obtain the materials used to make the latest gadgets - no amount of legislation would provide a quick fix to this problem.
The cost of labour is also much cheaper in China. Moving their factories to the US, where wages are much higher, could potentially cause Apple to start charging more for their products.Reuse content