The documents, made public
on Wednesday, list the item as “the first created at the Flex Factory in Austin, Texas.”
did not respond to a request for comment on whether it was the first Mac Pro computer out of the factory, but the timing seems unlikely. The factory opened in 2013
. It could, however, be the first 2019 model to come out of the facility.
The Mac Pro gift likely stems from a November 2019 factory visit to highlight American jobs at the Flex Ltd. manufacturing facility that makes Apple products. Controversy followed the meeting, as Trump implied the factory was new
for Apple under his leadership, which is was not.
“We’re seeing the beginning of a very powerful and important plant,” Trump said
at the time. “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.”
It’s possible he got it confused with Apple’s new $1 billion Austin campus that it broke ground on the same day
on the disclosure is a $529 leather bomber jacket from Ford chairman Bill Ford, golf clubs and accessories from Derek Sprague, president of the US Golf Association, and a $650 Ultimate Championship belt from martial artist professional Colby Covington.
The disclosure also revealed that Trump’s hospitality assets, including golf courses and hotels, took a hit last
year due to the global pandemic, with such assets dropping 38% from 2019.
While it’s common for presidents to receive gifts, there are rules and regulations
around what they can accept
While the Mac Pro is a costly gift, it’s the baseline cost of the current 2020 model. That’s before you factor in a $999 Pro stand and other bells and whistles like $5,999 for a 32-inch Pro Display XDR with Retina 6K display and $25,000 for 1.5 TB of memory. All in, a Mac Pro can cost up to $54,447.98
Cook and Trump had cultivated an unlikely relationship during Trump’s presidency, from dinners to appearing with Ivanka Trump to promote education. After Trump famously called Cook “Tim Apple” at a White House event, the CEO changed his name to that on Twitter.
But the pair also bumped heads over the years, including when Trump injected himself
into a fight between the Justice Department and Apple over the security protections on iPhones used by the gunman who killed three people on a US naval base in Pensacola, Fla. Cook has also spoken out against Trump’s immigration policies.
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