Towards the end of his first term, US President Barack Obama met with Steve Jobs to discuss the possibility of Apple bringing its manufacturing back to the United States, but Jobs told the President that it just wasn’t going to happen. Sure enough, we’re at the end of Obama’s second term and Apple is still building its products in China.

Donald Trump, Presidential candidate and star of Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, is on a self-proclaimed quest to Make America Great Again and part of that quest now entails getting Apple to bring those manufacturing jobs back to the US. There are several financial roadblocks preventing that from happening, so how exactly does The Donald plan to get it done?

“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.”

As with many of his campaign promises, Trump doesn’t outline a plan for how he’s going to do it, he simply says he’s going to do it. At least he’s consistent in that regard. Trump has actually been trying for years to get Apple back to the United States, something he spoke about during his mostly-forgotten 2012 Presidential bid. In 2013 the company did invest $100 million in US manufacturing, which amounts to more or less a drop in the bucket for Apple, but even that took years in the making, according to CEO Tim Cook.


Bringing Apple production back to the US isn’t impossible, but it’s pretty damn close, and it’s surely going to take more than just blustering from, as Martin O’Malley puts it, that “immigrant-bashing carnival-barker Donald Trump.”

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