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Bernie Sanders: ‘I do wish’ Apple would bring manufacturing jobs back to the US

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Democratic Candidate For President Bernie Sanders Campaigns In Iowa Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

In an interview with the New York Daily News' editorial board this past week, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said that he wishes Apple would "be manufacturing some of their devices, here, in the United States rather than in China." He also said he wishes "they would not be trying to avoid paying their fair share of taxes." (Apple does assemble some of its devices in the US, including the iMac and the Mac Pro.)

Sanders has championed a takedown of corporate America and business practices that "destroy the fabric" of the United States. Apple doesn't fit this bill for him, he said. Instead, he named General Electric, JPMorgan Chase, and "virtually every other major bank in this country" as good examples, because they cut American jobs without considering domestic workers.

"I do wish" they'd manufacture some of their devices in the US

Returning manufacturing jobs to the US is one point where Sanders agrees with Republican candidate Donald Trump. Trump said in January he planned to get Apple to "start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries." The Republican frontrunner also wanted to boycott Apple products, but continued tweeting from an iPhone.