This week we witnessed Ford change their plans on exporting the manufacturing jobs to Mexico after speaking with President-elect Donald Trump, now, attempting to prepare for the protectionist policies of the incoming Trump presidency, Silicon Valley-based tech groups are already making production of their goods return to the US. The primary example of this shift to domestic production is Apple's decision to resume production of iPhones in the United States rather than Asian countries where the device is currently made, vindicating Trump's tough talk on the matter during the election:
“As Breitbart News reported, candidate Donald Trump, while speaking at Liberty University in January, said, “We’re going to get Apple Computer to build their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.” He added, “We gotta bring back the jobs from China, we gotta bring back the jobs from Japan, and all these countries that are ripping us off. And we’re gonna do that. And we are gonna do that.”
In March, Trump went after manufacturers who relocate production to China, where Apple’s assemblers churn out iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. “How does it help us when they make it in China?”
Already referred to as the “Valley of the Democrats” for the over 83 percent of Silicon Valley tech CEO and employee donations that went to Democrats in the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, Trump’s populist comments caused Silicon Valley corporate CEOs to double down on electing a Democrats, with over 99 percent of Silicon Valley’s $8.6 million in contributions in the presidential primaries going to Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Although the final numbers are not in yet, of the $497.8 million Hillary Clinton raised, small individual donations of $200 or less were just $91,522,689, or 18.3 percent. One of her top spots to vacuum up cash was Silicon Valley, where contributions averaged $1,276.”