Tour de Trump
President Trump reportedly plans to visit Austin with Apple CEO next week
UPDATE: Since publication, the White House confirmed that Trump will be visiting Austin on Wednesday, November 20.
It looks like President Donald Trump is coming to town. According to news service Reuters, Trump will likely accompany Apple CEO Tim Cook on a tour of the Austin factory where the tech giant manufactures its Mac Pro desktop computers.
Citing two unidentified sources, Reuters reported on November 12 that Trump and Cook will visit “facilities in Texas where Apple products are made.” Those “facilities” are a Flex Ltd. plant in Northwest Austin where Apple’s Mac Pro desktop computers have been produced since 2013. Singapore-based Flex is a contract manufacturer for tech companies.
Reuters said Trump and Cook could visit the factory as early as next week. Apple and the White House would not confirm the tour.
In September, Apple announced it would manufacture its next-generation Mac Pro in Austin rather than China. That move came after the U.S. government waived tariffs on an array of Apple computer components.
“The Mac Pro is Apple’s most powerful computer ever, and we’re proud to be building it in Austin. We thank the [Trump] administration for their support enabling this opportunity,” Cook said.
Apple unveiled the updated Mac Pro in June and reportedly will launch sales of the computer in December with a starting price of $5,999.
Aside from the local Mac Pro manufacturing operation, Apple maintains a corporate campus along West Parmer Lane in Northwest Austin that employs more than 7,000 people. Work is underway on a new $1 billion campus that’s near the current one; the second site, also along West Parmer, will provide space for as many as 15,000 employees.