Trump says he opened a plant in Austin. But Apple opened it – years ago.


On Wednesday, amid the dark cloud of an impeachment investigation, President Trump visited Austin to meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook. He was there, he said, to open a new Apple plant—all by himself.

Not only was it an Apple plant, opened by Apple, the plant Trump was referring to has been open for years—since 2013.

During his previous trip to Texas last month, the president touted his economic policies, taking credit — again himself—for creating jobs in the Lone Star State since taking office.

On Wednesday, labor and others didn’t let him get away with making that claim again.

“We think it’s important for people to understand the reality that people across this state and country have not been successful under this administration,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said at a workers’ roundtable event in Austin. “What we’ve seen is massive tax breaks that flow wealth upwards, while workers continue to fall behind.”

Recently, Trump said the U.S. and China were close to a trade deal, but this week he again threatened to raise tariffs, suggesting more turbulent negotiations still remain ahead.

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