LIVE UPDATES: President Trump departs Austin after tour of Apple manufacturing facility

AUSTIN (KXAN) — President Trump is visiting Austin Wednesday to tour an Apple manufacturing facility, Flex, where the company is creating its new line of Mac Pro computers.

Follow the live blog below for updates throughout the day.


Live Blog

1:08 p.m.

Austin Police Department confirms that a protester was arrested, the first so far. According to an APD’s Lt. Nisula, the person wouldn’t get out of the median and was disrupting traffic. They were taken to Travis Co. Jail.

12:15 p.m.

A number of people were invited to watch as President Trump lands in Austin. Here’s what they told KXAN’s Erin Cargile as they waited:

12:05 p.m.

KXAN crews posted near Flex, the manufacturer President Trump is visiting Tuesday, say supporters and counter-protesters are gathering nearby.

Indivisible Austin is holding a “Say NO to Trump in Austin” protest, while Trump Victory is hosting an anti-impeachment, counter-protest event called “Stop the Madness!”

11:15 p.m.

President Trump spoke briefly about his trip to Austin before heading to Air Force One. He said “Apple is opening a fantastic facility — they’re spending a tremendous amount of money.”

On Wednesday Apple announced the groundbreaking for its new campus in Austin, which will open in 2022. It’s set to house about 5,000 employees with plans to expand to 15,000.

“I’ve been asking [Apple CEO] Tim Cook from the day I got elected from the campaign, I’ve been asking Tim Cook to, if they would, we want to see Apple build here, that way they have no tariffs — there’s no tariffs. When companies come to our country and they build, there’s no tariffs,” Trump continued.

Trump said his administration is continuing to talk with China related to tariffs.

“China wants to make a deal,” Trump said. The question is, do I want to make a deal? Because I like what’s happening right now.”

11:10 a.m.

The KXAN crew is set up at Austin Bergstrom International Airport ahead of President Donald Trump’s arrival in Austin Wednesday afternoon. They and their gear had to go through security sweeps.

KXAN’s Yoojin Cho and Nexstar Austin Bureau Reporter Steffi Lee will be among the press pool in the motorcade as the president heads to the Flex campus upon his arrival.

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