On Thursday, US President Donald Trump claims to have opened a new Mac plant in Texas, but it has been operating since 2013. The Cupertino-based tech giant is under fire today for letting Trump’s claim slide without correcting it. Broadly speaking, several reports suggested that Apple CEO Tim Cook is willing to be used an electioneering prop by Trump in his goals of winning concessions on import tariffs, particularly on Apple products made in China.

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US President Donald Trump shared on Twitter on Thursday that he opened a 'new' Mac factory in Texas that will bring high-paying jobs back to the US and Apple was criticized for letting it slide. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

At his recent visit to the Mac Pro plant, which happens to coincide with Apple breaking ground on campus, US President Donald Trump claimed that he opened the manufacturing facility. The US President was quoted saying that the Mac Pro plant is a powerful and important one. Anybody that has seen my campaign would notice that I always talk about Apple, that I want to see Apple building plants in the US, and that’s happening, Trump said.

Although Tim Cook did not appear impressed with Trump’s claim, he said nothing. Later, Trump repeated his claim and shared it on the social networking site Twitter. Following the US President’s false claims, Apple receives the backlash for staying silent. 9to5mac’s Ben Lovejoy previously noted that China is becoming a huge PR liability for the Cupertino-based tech giant.

Being linked with false claims by a controversial US President, which appears not reflecting the values of the company, is not also a good appearance for Tim Cook, and for Apple, the writes states.