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Trump thanks Apple CEO for job opportunities in Texas

Plans for a $1 billion Apple campus in Texas has won the praise of President Donald Trump.

Taking to his Twitter page, he thanked Apple chief Tim Cook for the upcoming project that will provide 20,000 new jobs.

"Thank you to @tim_cook for agreeing to expand operations in the U.S. and thereby creating thousands of jobs!" Trump posted, in response to Cook’s ‘Apple hearts Austin’ tweet.

The new 133-acre campus will reside closely to its existing facility in Austin, which already houses around 6,000 employees. Employees will work in departments including engineering, research, operations, finance, sales and customer support, and will accommodate a further 9,000 workers.

“Talent, creativity and tomorrow’s breakthrough ideas aren’t limited by region or zip code, and, with this new expansion, we’re redoubling our commitment to cultivating the high-tech sector and workforce nationwide,” Apple CEO Cook said in a December press release.

It is just one of many ambitious projects Apple has in its plans; the tech giant is set to expand operations by building sites in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, employing 1,000 workers each. It has also promised to create hundreds of job opportunities in Pittsburgh, New York, Boulder, Colorado, Boston and Portland.

Earlier this year, the California-based phone maker pledged a $300 billion investment into its native US, in part thanks to overseas profits gained from Trump’s tax cut last year.

The proposed projects have undoubtedly delighted the president, who has imposed heavy tariffs to counter “unfair trade practices”, pressurising manufactures to move jobs to the US, in an ongoing trade war with China.