In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he wishes Apple would make its products in the United States.
He also said Apple is not paying its fair share of taxes here.
“No, Apple is not destroying the fabric of America,” Sanders is quoted as saying. “But I do wish they’d be manufacturing some of their devices, here, in the United States rather than in China. And I do wish that they would not be trying to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.”
Donald Trump said in January, that if he wins the election, he wanted to get Apple to start making its products in the U.S., creating jobs here.
Apple currently is making its new Mac Pro computers in Austin, TX, and some components used in Apple products, like the glass used for screens on phones and tablets, is made in Kentucky.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple pays all of the taxes if owes and also addressed the issue of stateside manufacturing in an interview with CBS in December. Cook said the U.S. doesn’t have enough workers with “vocational kind of skills.”
“I mean,” Cook said, “you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we’re currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields.”
This could represent an opportunity for Apple, however, to maybe create, say, an Apple University to train workers for these type jobs and bring some of those jobs back, or for politicians like Trump and Sanders to bring vocational training back to U.S. schools and created a new-gen skilled labor force to bring old-gen jobs back home.