And you can’t play reality TV games by threatening to unilaterally impose tariffs or border taxes in a fit of pique and overturn delicate trade arrangements crafted to bring balanced benefits to all parties. You do so at the peril of retaliation and adding hidden costs to US consumers. Yes, it would be putting America first for Apple to build iPhones entirely in the USA – it would just make them prohibitively expensive, reduce sales massively, and put Chinese factories out of work.
So, what then if China, already stung by currency accusations, and threats to its one China policy, decides to encourage its travelers to shun the USA? Chinese tourists are an important US export – the negative impact would pretty soon hit the US economy “bigly.”