Just a few short months ago, Barack Obama mocked Donald Trump for saying that he would bring Carrier jobs back to the U.S., saying that this would be impossible. That’s why it was particularly humiliating for Obama when Trump did just that this week and flew to Indiana today to speak to the people whose jobs he saved.
Daily Mail reported that Trump said that he decided to save 1,100 jobs at a Carrier air conditioning plant after watching an employee tell a television interviewer that the president-elect had promised to do it.
“No, we’re not leaving,” Trump recalled the man saying, as he spoke at the company’s manufacturing plant, “because Donald trump promised us that we’re not leaving.”
A video went viral earlier this year of Carrier telling their Indianapolis employees that they were shutting down their plant there and moving all of their jobs to Mexico. Trump made a deal with United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes involving the carrot of state-level tax breaks instead of the stick of new tax threats.
During his speech today, Trump issued a warning to other companies looking to outsource their jobs to Mexico.
“There will be consequences, meaning they’ll be taxed very heavily at the border,” Trump said. “Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. Not gonna happen.”
When Trump was asked if he thinks it’s “not presidential” to get so involved in a single company’s labor problems, he shrugged and replied, “that’s okay, because I actually like doing it.”
“I called Greg and I said, ‘It’s really important. We have to do something!'” Trump said. “We can’t allow this to happen anymore with our country. So many jobs are leaving.”
Hayes reportedly told him that construction on the company’s Mexico factory was almost finished.
“What are we going to do with the plant?” he said Hayes asked him.
“Rent it. Sell it. Knock it down,” Trump recalled answering. “I don’t care.”
“Think – if I lost [the election] he wouldn’t have returned my call,” Trump said. “I would have tried for you, but I think it would have been tougher.”
Barack Obama would NEVER have cared enough about working Americans to have actually pulled this off. THIS is why we LOVE Donald Trump!