Apple Corporation: Why Trump’s Demands Are Not So Easy

Since his installment as the President of the United States, Donald Trump has been at the very center of widespread media coverage due to his countless controversial outbursts on social media. One such outburst, earlier this year regarding the production of Apple products has attracted the watchful eyes of many political thinkers due to his realist undertone. The POTUS stated that “Apple makes their product in China. I told Tim Cook, who’s a friend of mine … ‘Make your products in the United States'” pointing a finger at CEO Tim Cook for undermining the economic benefits of the US. Subsequently, Trump stated that China was the biggest beneficiary of Apple’s production profits, taking away jobs from Americans and pawning them off to a much cheaper and foreign labor force that does nothing to fuel the American GDP.

The president made his statements seemingly to keep in line with his ongoing trade war with China and made it clear to the American public that the US needs to focus on supporting Americans financially by providing jobs on the home front. This call to action however, really isn’t as easy as it may seem, corporations like Apple who are based out of the United States cannot simply just up and leave from one country. In fact, if Apple were to truly bring its entire operation to the US, that would mean a withdrawal of operations from not just China but Germany, where the sensors of iPhones are produced, Korea, the place of origin for the iPhone’s screen, and Japan, where the iPhone’s memory is produced. The withdrawal of this complex supply chain of goods would call for an immediate surge of skills education in the United States which would need to be built from the ground up. Not only that, but even if the US had the skilled labor to produce these products, the corporation would be taking a major loss of profits due to the higher employment and production costs that would come with bringing all of Apple’s operations stateside.
In conclusion, the web of inter connectivity that MNCs have introduced into the global scale are of utmost significance and are fragile in terms of international affairs, but if this is the way the world learns peace and unity, I am all for it, I think that globalization is well worth the risks that realists claim that it brings to state sovereignty.
Wattles, Jackie, and Sarah Westwood. “Trump Again Says Apple Should Change How It Makes the IPhone.” CNN, Cable News Network, 4 Jan. 2019,

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