President Donald Trump arrived in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon to visit the new Apple manufacturing facility there and meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook. Trump’s visit comes as impeachment inquiry hearings against him continued on Capitol Hill.
Here’s what you need to know.
President Donald Trump Was Accompanied By Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, His Son-In-Law Jared Kushner and His Daughter Ivanka Trump
President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook were joined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, Senior Advisor to the President and his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump on his trip to Austin.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Trump and his entourage are expected to land in Austin just after 1 p.m. local time and his visit will last less than three hours before heading back to Washington, D.C.
Apple Is Building a $1 Billion Campus in Austin, a Growing Hub of Tech Innovation
Apple just broke ground on a new $1 billion, 3-million-square-foot campus in Austin, Texas, according to a company press release.
The new facility, which Apple calls a “campus,” will employee 5,000 workers, with the capacity to grow to 15,000 and is expected to be in operation in 2022. It is part of a manufacturing plant that opened in Austin six years ago.
“Apple is steadily growing in Austin with approximately 7,000 employees in the city — more than a 50 percent increase in the past five years alone,” Apple officials said.
“Apple’s growth in Austin is part of the company’s nationwide expansion — announced in January 2018 — to increase its investment in manufacturing, engineering and other jobs across the US. Apple is on track to contribute $350 billion to the US economy between 2018 and 2023, and during that time will hire an additional 20,000 employees in cities across the country,” Apple said.
There Were Protests During President Trump’s Visit to Austin
“Protests are already planned for the President’s visit. The political group, Indivisible Austin announced on its website a protest near the manufacturing site. The Travis County GOP plans a counter-demonstration near that protest. The Texas Democratic Party also has plans for a workers roundtable with local labor leaders.”
ABC’s KVUE reported that one arrest was made in connection to protests of Trump’s visit.
“Protesters held signs and chanted, ‘Lock him up!’ and held signs including ‘worst president ever,’ and ‘impeach,'” Newsweek reported. Trump supporters also showed up displaying “Keep American Great” signs and chanting “Four more years!”