Flextronics International Ltd. Austin, Texas November 20 3:52 P.M. CST
Well, thank you very much. It's an honor to be here. We're seeing the beginning of a very powerful and important plant. And anybody that followed my campaign, I would always talk about Apple - that I want to see Apple building plants in the United States. And that's what's happening. And having - Tim Cook is somebody that I greatly respect - a great leader, a great businessman. And it's a very special day. For me, this is a very special day.
Our country is doing well, probably better than ever before, certainly from the standpoint of the economy. And we're in a state that I love: Texas.
And Tim has a couple of things to say, not only about this incredible product that is made right here - very, very unique product - but also about their expansion from this point forward. We've already done it up to here. But from this point forward. And the nice part: He doesn't have to worry about tariffs. Because when you build in the United States, you don't have to worry about tariffs. It sort of helps people make a decision to come in.
But he's a very special person, as far as this country is concerned, because of the great job potential and the great job that he's done. Apple is the first trillion-dollar company, and that was about a year ago. Now it's about a trillion-three, I think you said. But Apple is doing fantastically well.
So we're honored that you're doing what you're doing. We're honored to be here with you at this special occasion. And we'll be back. We'll be back. Thank you, Tim. Thank you very much.
Thank you. I'd like to thank everybody for coming and joining us. And I particularly would like to thank President Trump, Secretary Mnuchin, and Ivanka, and the other members of the administration. I'm grateful for their support and pulling today off and getting us to - this far. It would not be possible without them.
What you're seeing here - the product, the Mac Pro - is 15,000 times more powerful than the original Mac, and it can perform 56 trillion tasks per second. That's 56 trillion tasks per second. It's absolutely blow-away.
We cannot be more proud of the product. It's an example of American design, American manufacturing, and American ingenuity. We want to thank everybody for coming.
And I turn it back to - oh, one other thing: This morning, we also announced a one-billion-dollar investment, groundbreaking - Rebecca was there with me for this - for a three-million-square-foot site in Austin, about 10 minutes or so away from here. So we view Austin as a very key place for the future of our company. It's the second-largest site in the world for us, next to our home base in Cupertino.
So - and I'm hoping for, obviously, more investments to come. Thank you very much.
So Tim was saying, just a little while ago, that he's starting this massive, new development also in Texas - Austin. But he's also said something to me about the American economy because he's, you know, all over the world. I would say there's probably nobody that's more over the world than Apple.
And what would you say about our economy compared to everybody else?
I think we have the strongest economy in the world right now.
The strongest in the world.
Congressmen, please come over. Our great congressmen. And it's great to have you. I just see you in the audience here.
Thank you, Mr. President.
So if anyone has any questions, go ahead.
Steve, go ahead.
What did you make of Ambassador Sondland's testimony this morning?
Well, I think it was fantastic. I think they have to end it now. He said there was no quid pro quo. "The President did absolutely nothing wrong." If you look at it - I guess you've seen me - I took down exactly what he said. He called and he said - he asked me where we - what should he do. I said, "I want nothing." Then I repeated it: "I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell the President" - as you know, of Ukraine - "to do the right thing."
And then, he finished off and he said, "This is the final word from...the President of the United States." So what did the President want? "I want nothing." Okay? "I want nothing."
And let me tell you, it's a hoax. It's a disgrace. It's an embarrassment to our country. Nancy Pelosi has done a terrible job as Speaker. There's never been a Speaker that's done so little. And she's totally incompetent. And Shift Schiff, he stands up and he tells lies all day long. And even with that - so we have no due process, we can't have anything. And yet, not only did we win today - it's over. And some of the fair press - of which there isn't too much - said this thing is over.
So the President of the United States told this guy, who is no - I mean, the question I asked - and it's the same question that a number of the congressmen have asked: Why didn't he put this statement into his opening remarks? It's the most important - important statement there are.
For this country, for our country to be playing this - we're opening up massive Apple plants. We have the greatest economy in the world. We have the greatest economy that we've ever had in the history of our country. We have the best unemployment numbers that we've ever had.
But we have a fake press. We have a phony press. We don't have freedom of the press in this country. We have a phony press. They're dishonest, most of them. We have some fine people from - fine journalists and reporters and companies. But most of them are fake and phony. CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, The Washington Post, New York Times - these are fake papers. They are fake press. And there is - they should be ashamed of themselves, and they hurt our country.
And, to be honest with you, I think it's a great tribute to all of those people in swing states and all of those people in this country. We had an Electoral College - as you know, Congressman, we had a landslide - 306 to 223. We had a landslide. And they're trying to take it away because they can't do it fairly.
But these are bad people. Nancy Pelosi is incompetent. She's gotten nothing done in Congress. And now, with their big star witness - this was going to be their star witness. Now, just so you know, I don't know him very well. He's a guy that got put there. He wasn't even on my side. He came over to me - I didn't even know that. He came over to me after I defeated other people. I defeated them all.
But you know what? What - what, really, we have to learn from this whole thing is the press. They ought to straighten out their act. Because we have the greatest country in the world but we have room to get even greater. But with a fake press, with the media the way it is, they should be ashamed of themselves.
Mr. President, have you considered taking any action against the whistleblower?
The whistleblower is not a whistleblower. He's a fake. And everybody knows -
Would you fire the whistleblower? Or -
Excuse me. Everybody knows who the whistleblower is. And the whistleblower is a political operative. These gentlemen know it. He's a political operative.
And, frankly, the IG should have never brought this. Because if he would have compared what the whistleblower said, if he would have compared it to what I said in the conversation - two conversations, really - but to what I said in the conversation with the President - who I think is a terrific person - of Ukraine, he would have said, "Well, wait a minute. The whistleblower said this." And that wasn't the conversation because we have the transcribed conversation.
And also, Shifty Schiff - he's a dishonest - he's a corrupt politician. When he imitated or tried to copy my conversation, he didn't copy it. He made up a conversation. Went before Congress, and made up a phony conversation, just like he does every time he talks. He's a phony. He's a very dishonest, very corrupt politician.
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