Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke out in a broad interview on the site of the company's planned MacPro plant in Texas.
Cook gave the interview with ABC news On Wednesday in Austin, on the same day, President Donald Trump flew to the $ 1 billion facility, which is expected to open in 2022.
The CEO defended Apple's controversial engagement with China, where the iPhone is manufactured, and said mounting the phones in the US is not on the horizon & # 39; lies.
& # 39; The way I think about it is that the iPhone is made everywhere, & # 39; Cook said.
Cook gave the interview with ABC News in Austin on Wednesday, the same day President Donald Trump flew to the company to visit the planned $ 1 billion facility
The Apple campus in Austin, Texas is seen. Apple unveiled Thursday plans for a $ 1 billion campus in Texas that will create jobs for the technology giant outside of Silicon Valley
& # 39; If you look at the glass of the iPhone that everyone touches all day, that glass is made in Kentucky. If you disassembled the iPhone, you would see many of the silicone components that are also made in the United States, & he said.
& # 39; The iPhone is the product of a global supply chain, & # 39; Cook said.
The Austin facility is expected to employ 5,000 people when it is opened, and Apple says it has the capacity to employ up to 15,000 people.
On Wednesday Cook met Trump privately during the factory visit.
& # 39; I don't believe people should talk on my behalf, & # 39; Cook said about his conversations with the president. & # 39; I don't believe in lobbyists. I believe in direct conversation. I strongly believe in commitment. I hate polarization. I despise it. & # 39;
Cook, who has a strong relationship with Trump, has searched Apple for relief from US rates on China, which are part of a month-long trade war between the world's largest economies.
President Trump and Tim Cook visit an Apple plant in Austin on Wednesday
On a Wednesday asked by a reporter whether Apple should receive tariff exemptions, the president said: & # 39; We'll look into that & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The problem we have is that you have Samsung. It's a great company, but it's a competitor to Apple, and it's not fair if, because we have a trade agreement with Korea – we have a great trade agreement with South Korea – but we have to treat Apple on a somewhat similar basis if we treat Samsung, & said Trump.
In the ABC interview, Cook said he did not want to & # 39; speculate & # 39; about how further tariff rounds could affect Apple.
& # 39; I hope the US and China come to an agreement, so I don't even want to go that way now, & # 39; Cook said. & # 39; I am so convinced that this is in the interest of the US and in the interest of China, and so if you have two parties where there is a common interest, there must be a way here. And I think that will happen. & # 39;
China is not only a production base for the iPhone, but is also an important market for Apple and represents around 20% of the company's total sales.
Cook insists, however, that Apple is not worried about its dependence on the Chinese market, even after the NBA was forced to bow to Chinese indignation at comments from a GM in support of demonstrators in Hong Kong.
& # 39; China has not really put us under pressure, and I don't think so, & # 39; he said.
Protesters raise their hands to represent the five demands of democracy protesters at a meeting at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong on Thursday
On Friday a demonstrator with medical staff will leave from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hong Kong is in its sixth month of mass protests
& # 39; Regarding the situation in Hong Kong, I hope and pray for everyone's safety, & # 39; Cook said diplomatically. & # 39; More generally, I pray for dialogue because I believe that good people coming together can decide how to proceed. & # 39;
Apple came under fire after removing an app that Hong Kong demonstrators used to follow the police movement, but Cook insisted that it was not removed at the insistence of the ruling Communist Party of China.
& # 39; In the specific app in Hong Kong we made the decision unilaterally & # 39 ;, he told ABC.
& # 39; We made it for safety and I acknowledge that someone can say that this is the wrong decision and so on. Clearly, we often get second guessing when you make tough decisions about turning apps on or off, but we've made it for safety, & he said.
Cook insisted that Apple should do the same in China as it does in the US and the EU and not bow to government pressure.