Apple CEO Tim Cook has spoken out in a wide-ranging interview on the site of the company's planned MacPro factory in Texas.
Cook gave the interview with ABC News in Austin on Wednesday, the same day President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka flew out to visit the $1 billion facility, which is expected to open in 2022.
The CEO defended Apple's controversial engagement with China, where the iPhone is manufactured, and said that assembling the phones in the U.S. is 'not on the horizon.'
'The way I think about it is, the iPhone is made everywhere,' Cook said.
Trump later heaped praised on the company, and in particular its CEO, saying Apple 'has it all'.
He tweeted Thursday: 'During my visit yesterday to Austin, Texas, for the startup of the new Mac Pro, & the discussion of a new one $billion campus, also in Texas, I asked Tim Cook to see if he could get Apple involved in building 5G in the U.S. They have it all - Money, Technology, Vision & Cook!l [sic]'
President Donald Trump tours an Apple manufacturing plant in Austin on Wednesday with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Ivanka Trump. Cook has said it is unlikely the iPhone will ever be made in the US as company breaks ground on new $1billion MacPro factory in Texas
Cook gave the interview with ABC News in Austin on Wednesday, the same day President Donald Trump flew out to visit the company's planned $1 billion facility
Apple's campus in Austin, Texas is seen. Apple unveiled plans Thursday for a $1 billion campus in Texas that will create jobs for the tech giant outside Silicon Valley
'If you look at the glass of the iPhone, which everybody touches all day long, that glass is made in Kentucky. If you were to take apart the iPhone you would see many of the silicone components that are made in the United States as well,' he said.
'The iPhone is the product of a global supply chain,' Cook said.
The facility in Austin is expected to employ 5,000 people when it opens, and Apple says that it has the capacity to employ up to 15,000.
On Wednesday, Cook met privately with Trump during the factory visit.
'I don't believe in having people talk on my behalf,' Cook said of his conversations with the president. 'I don't believe in lobbyists. I believe in direct conversation. I strongly believe in engagement. I hate polarization. I despise it.'
Cook, who has a strong relationship with Trump, has sought relief for Apple from the U.S. tariffs on China, which are part of a months-long tit-for-tat trade war between the world's largest economies.
'When you build it in the United States, you don´t have to worry about tariffs,' Trump said, with Cook standing by his side.
President Trump and Tim Cook tour an Apple manufacturing plant in Austin on Wednesday
When asked by a reporter on Wednesday if Apple should receive tariff exemptions, the president said 'We'll look into that.'
'The problem we have is you have Samsung. It's a great company but it's a competitor of Apple, and it's not fair if, because we have a trade deal with Korea - we made a great