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Donald Trump, Apple basher, declares millions in Apple stock

Technically Incorrect: A public financial disclosure document reveals the presumptive Republican nominee, a fierce Apple critic, is an Apple shareholder.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Donald Trump, Apple investor.

Fox News screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You might be under the impression Donald Trump wants nothing to do with Apple.

After all, he called for a boycott of Apple products because of the company's refusal to hack a terrorist's phone. He's also called on Apple to build its products at home, rather than in China.

So it was a surprise to learn that Trump owns Apple stock valued at between $1.1 million and $2.25 million, according to a personal financial report he submitted to the US government earlier this week.

He also owned shares of Google-parent Alphabet and Amazon.com, among other tech companies. None of those holdings, however, came close to the value of his Apple stake.

Some might be bemused that the presumptive Republican candidate would ask citizens to boycott a company from whose stock he could profit.

Some might laud the fact that he's a man of stern principle, eschewing all personal gain in favor of making America great again. As part of that effort, he'd love to renegotiate trade deals and impose tariffs.

I worry the call for a boycott of Apple was merely a suggestion -- as was his idea to ban Muslims from entering America.

A quick review of the last 24 hours of Trump's tweets shows he is communicating to his twittering kingdom from both Android and iOS phones.

Neither the Trump campaign nor Apple immediately responded to requests for comment.

One can only assume, though, that it's OK for Trump supporters to use their iPhones and invest in Apple.

Until the 2017 Great Trade War begins, that is.

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