Trump Wants Apple on U.S. Soil, Researchers Want Apple Out of Cars
While many offices closed early Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, Trump seemed to be keeping busy regardless. The president-elect broke his streak of male, white appointments and chose two women to be a part of his team. He intends to name Betsy DeVos as his nominee for education secretary; DeVos has been a big pusher for private school voucher programs. While never a big Trump supporter, the Republican activist had thrown her efforts behind Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Supporters of the public school system are saying that DeVos will be catastrophic for public education.
Trump’s additional female pick is South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for a spot as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The Republican daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley has little foreign policy experience and is generally seen as mainstream in her Republican views. While Haley has accepted the offer, she initially had called Trump “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president,” as she was also a strong supporter of Marco Rubio.
It’s been revealed that Donald Trump, Jr., was holding private meetings with pro-Russian diplomats, businessmen and politicians while in Paris in October. The topic of the meeting was reportedly how best to cooperate with Russia to end the conflict in Syria. The reveal not only brings even more attention to the concern over President-Elect Trump’s relationship with Putin, but also the large role his children seem to be taking on in the White House.
Iran warned the United States yesterday that the country will, in fact, retaliate if the U.S. renews sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The statement comes from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the 76-year-old Supreme Leader of the country, who addressed the country via television this week. Congress voted earlier in November to extend sanctions in Iran for at least another decade, while the Obama administration fights the decision and looks to encourage American companies to work with the Iranians to establish business deals. It’s not entirely clear exactly what kind of reaction Iran has planned and that Khamenei refers to.
In other trade related news, Trump is pushing Apple to begin moving its manufacturing to U.S. soil. Trump gave reporters a look inside his conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here…I think we’ll create the incentives for you, and I think you’re going to do it. We’re going for a very large tax cut for corporations, which you'll be happy about.”
Regardless of manufacturing locations, Apple and other smartphone manufacturers may see a new change on the horizon. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pushing smartphone brands to begin adding a new kind of “driver mode.” The setting would prevent drivers from being able to use certain apps and features while on the go, in an effort to “minimize distraction.” Devices would lose the ability to access social media, videos, graphics and scrolling text, as well as the ability to text and send emails. Driver mode would switch on automatically when recognizing a vehicle’s infotainment system. The request follows years of push from researchers for auto manufacturers to install technology within new cars that make operating a cell phone impossible.
As Americans prepare to head out to the stores for Black Friday shopping tonight and early tomorrow morning, Fortune gives shoppers an idea of what to expect. It’s projected that 137.4 million Americans will be making purchases over the holiday weekend either in-store or online, an almost 2 billion increase from last year. However, for the first time, economists think that the majority of shoppers will stay home, and browse the sales from their computers, tablets or smartphones. Amazon should see the most business. The largest discounts will be seen on toys and electronics, with the fewest seen on clothing items.