Apple chief executive Tim Cook has hit back at critics who claim that the company is abandoning American workers in favor of foreign manufacturing operations.
In an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Wednesday, Cook explained that the tech giant is constantly ploughing money into the American economy.
He suggested that it is unfair to think that the iPhone isn’t built in the United States, because the firm has “equipment and manufacturing” facilities throughout the country.
Cook defended his company’s continued investment in the US, explaining that it is “already” creating jobs in America without the need for mounting “political pressure”.
Apple is also looking to set up more domestic operations outside California and Texas, confirmed Cook. However, he didn’t detail any exact locations or give a timeline.
President Donald Trump, in particular, has called on Apple to move its main manufacturing operations to the US and to create more jobs for Americans.
“You remember my campaign: I said I won’t consider this great until Apple starts coming in and really investing big money, doing the plants. They’re gonna do a lot,” he told CNBC at the beginning of the year.
In January, the technology giant announced plans to plough $350 billion into the US in the coming years. Apple said it will do this by creating new jobs, expanding its facilities and paying more taxes.
At the time, Cook said: “Apple is a success story that could only have happened in America, and we are proud to build on our long history of support for the US economy.
“We believe deeply in the power of American ingenuity, and we are focusing our investments in areas where we can have a direct impact on job creation and job preparedness.
“We have a deep sense of responsibility to give back to our country and the people who help make our success possible.”