The Wall Street Journal: Trump urges Apple to move manufacturing to the U.S.

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President Donald Trump called on Apple Inc. to shift production to the U.S. and out of China, reviving a longstanding criticism and pressuring the iPhone maker to help fulfill the administration’s economic goal of restoring American manufacturing.

In a Saturday morning Tweet, Trump said that if Apple AAPL, -0.81%  wants to avoid tariffs on its products, it should make those devices in the U.S. rather than China. He wrote: “Start building new plants now. Exciting!”

The tweet struck a friendlier tone than some of the missives Trump has fired off at companies such as Ford Motor Co. F, -1.70%  and Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.32%  

It came a day after Apple said in a filing with the U.S. Trade Representative that proposed U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods would affect its watch, wireless headphones and other products, the first time the company has detailed specific damage from the trade battle. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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