(WASHINGTON) — American businessman Donald Trump took on another American icon Friday at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in his insistence that America needs to increase its manufacturing industry.
“We have to take back our jobs from China,” Trump said. “When Apple talks about Apple building all of this stuff and we’re all so proud of Apple, they build virtually a hundred percent of their product in China. So China should be more proud of Apple than we are, to be totally honest with you.”
Trump also confessed to buying his own electronics from overseas manufacturers.
“I buy all my televisions from South Korea, I’m sorry to say. I just ordered 3,000 units, 3,000 televisions,” Trump said. “We don’t make them in our country anymore. I get criticized, ‘Oh, why didn’t you buy them here?’ You can’t buy them here. We don’t make televisions in this country.”
The reach of Trump’s speech might have been limited by its spot in the early morning hours of the conference schedule for Friday. New York Magazine published photos showing Trump’s audience mostly made up of empty chairs.
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