Trump: Apple should build 'their damn things' in US

Jessica Hartogs, special to CNBC
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warned that he would force Apple, the U.S.'s most profitable company, to manufacture all of its products in the U.S. if he is elected president in November 2016.

Technology blog Gizmodo reports that during a speech at Liberty University in Virginia late Monday, the frontrunner for the GOP ticket said, "We're going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries."

Apple currently only manufactures its Mac Pro computers in the U.S., while most of its other products, including the iPhone, are made in China.

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The company's chief executive, Tim Cook, recently told CBS' 60 Minutes program that the U.S. tax code is "awful for America."

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During his 45-minute speech on Martin Luther King day, Trump also claimed to support free trade yet insisted he'd impose a 35 percent tax on businesses producing goods overseas, including Ford cars that are produced in Mexico.

CNET reports that the GOP candidate and billionaire businessman said American companies should not be free to manufacture wherever they choose.

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"Free trade is good. But we have to do it [force them back to the US]. Or we won't have a country left," said Trump.

Trump's campaign for the Republican nomination has been full of controversial ideas, with comments on Mexican immigrants, mosques, Muslims and refugees, among others.

You can read the full story on Gizmodo and CNET.

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