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President Donald Trump said in a July 25 interview that Apple will build new manufacturing plants in the U.S.

The president told the Wall Street Journal that Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, had made a promise to him.

Trump added that Cook said Apple would construct "three big plants, beautiful plants," Bloomberg reported. He did not specify where the facilities would be or what they would produce.

"I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won't consider my administration an economic success," Trump added, according to Fortune.

Apple did not immediately respond to comment.

Bloomberg noted that Trump's comments are surprising since Apple does not operate its own plants for manufacturing its phones and computers. Instead, it cooperates with Asian-based contractors, which mainly employ people in China and other countries.

The website suggested that Apple and Trump could have agreed to expand the work done by suppliers already based in the U.S. Alternatively, Bloomberg pointed out that Trump may have been referring to Cook's commitment to invest $1 billion in advanced manufacturing jobs.

Foxconn, a major Apple supplier, intends to open a plant in the U.S., Trump added. In June, the Taiwan-based company announced a plan to invest $10 billion in a display manufacturing plant in the U.S. On July 26, Foxconn confirmed that the facility, its first in the U.S., would be based in southeastern Wisconsin. The plant will be in the congressional district of House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said the investment would create 13,000 jobs in the state, but Foxconn said it was hiring 3,000 workers over four years, according to the Washington Post.

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White House officials said Trump personally negotiated the deal with Foxconn CEO Terry Gou.

"I would see Terry, and I would say: 'Terry, you have to give us one of these massive places you do great work with,'" Trump said, according to the Post.

Foxconn has previously announced potential investments in the U.S. which later fell through. This time, the announcement was made in the East Room of the White House.

"We are confident that making American products will be a great success," stated Gou. "We are also committed to creating great jobs for the American people."

During the presidential election campaign, Trump attacked companies, including Apple, that produce their goods overseas.

"We're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries," Trump declared in January 2016, according to Fortune.

Sources: Bloomberg, Fortune, Washington Post / Photo credit: Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia Commons, Andrew Hitchcock/Wikimedia Commons, Andrea Hanks/Wikimedia Commons

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