Trump says Apple has promised three new US plants

President Trump said on Tuesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook promised him that the company would be starting three new manufacturing plants in the U.S.

"I spoke to [Cook], he's promised me three big plants - big, big, big," Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. "I said you know, Tim, unless you start building your plants in this country, I won't consider my administration an economic success. He called me, and he said they are going forward."

An Apple spokesman declined to comment when asked to confirm the president's remarks.

Cook announced in May that Apple would be launching a $1 billion fund to boost advanced manufacturing in the U.S.

"By doing that, we can be the ripple in the pond," he said in an interview with CNBC at the time. "Because if we can create many manufacturing jobs around - those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around them, because you have a service industry that builds up around them."

Trump did not provide any details on where the plants would be built or when they could be expected to be up and running.

-Updated at 6:11 p.m.

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