Trump Says He Would Make Apple Build Computers in U.S.

Donald Trump wants Apple products to be made in the United States of America.

Speaking Monday at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Trump said that "we're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries."

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That would mark a major shift for Apple, considering that it depends on a complex web of manufacturers and suppliers located around the world. The vast majority (334) are in China, followed by Japan (131) and the U.S. (73), according to Apple.

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Of the 18 facilities around the world that put together finished Apple products, two of them are in the U.S.: one in Austin, Texas, and the other in Fremont, California. Aside from facilities in Brazil and Ireland, all the other facilities are located in China.

NBC New reached to Apple for reaction to Trump's comments, but the company did not reply.

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This isn't the first time U.S. politicians have expressed a desire for Apple to make things closer to home. In 2012, according to the New York Times, President Barack Obama asked Steve Jobs at a private dinner why Apple couldn't build the iPhone in the United States.

Jobs' response? According to a dinner guest, he told the president, "Those jobs aren't coming back."

That same year, after Jobs died, current Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked by NBC Nightly News, "Why can't you be a 'made in America' company?"

Cook replied that many Apple components were made in the America, but that over the years there are "skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the U.S."