Trump keeps pol­i­tics on his Thanks­giv­ing menu

Mogul says he’s try­ing to save jobs in US

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump spent the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day at his Mar-a-Lago re­sort on Thurs­day, din­ing with his fam­ily at the Florida golf club af­ter re­vis­it­ing a cam­paign pledge he made about restor­ing Amer­i­can man­u­fac­tur­ing. Trump, known for his use of Twit­ter to drive po­lit­i­cal de­bate, tweeted about an In­di­ana air con­di­tioner maker he fea­tured in his elec­tion cam­paign as an em­blem of trade deals he said were un­fa­vor­able to Amer­i­can work­ers.

Trump, who has not been seen in pub­lic since ar­riv­ing in Florida on Tues­day, said he was “work­ing hard, even on Thanks­giv­ing, try­ing to get Car­rier A.C. Com­pany to stay in the US (In­di­ana). MAK­ING PROGRESS - Will know soon!” Car­rier Corp, a divi­sion of United Tech­nolo­gies Corp, re­sponded on Twit­ter that the com­pany has had “dis­cus­sions with the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion” but had “noth­ing to an­nounce at this time.” A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the com­pany had no ad­di­tional com­ment.

Ear­lier this year, the com­pany said it would move 1,400 jobs to Mex­ico from In­di­ana, giv­ing a three-year timetable for the shift. The state’s Repub­li­can gov­er­nor, Mike Pence - later picked by Trump as his vice-pres­i­den­tial run­ning mate de­cried the de­ci­sion, and spoke out against it often on the cam­paign trail. Trump made Car­rier’s de­ci­sion part of his ral­ly­ing cry against the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment with Canada and Mex­ico. He said he would slap taxes on the com­pany’s air con­di­tion­ers shipped back to the United States.

Asked by Reuters last week whether the com­pany was re­con­sid­er­ing its de­ci­sion given Trump’s vic­tory in the Nov 8 elec­tion over Democrat Hil­lary Clin­ton, the com­pany said in a state­ment it was “mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort” to help its In­di­ana em­ploy­ees dur­ing the shift. “By pro­vid­ing three years ad­vance no­tice of the move and by fund­ing ed­u­ca­tion and re­train­ing pro­grams for up to four years af­ter the move is com­plete, we are pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ees with both time and op­por­tu­nity to help them to make a smooth tran­si­tion,” the com­pany said.

Car­rier also cited an agree­ment it had reached with the United Steel­work­ers union about com­pen­sa­tion for af­fected work­ers. Trump’s Thanks­giv­ing com­ments on Car­rier were rem­i­nis­cent of re­marks he tweeted last week about Ford Mo­tor Co, a com­pany he crit­i­cized dur­ing the cam­paign for shift­ing some pro­duc­tion lines to Mex­ico. When Ford in­formed Trump it would not shift pro­duc­tion of a Lin­coln sport util­ity ve­hi­cle to Mex­ico from Ken­tucky, he took to Twit­ter to say he saved the plant, although the com­pany had never con­sid­ered mov­ing the whole fac­tory south of the border.— Reuters

BED­MIN­STER, New Jer­sey: In this Nov. 20, 2016 photo, US Pres­i­dent-Elect Don­ald Trump (left) stands with in­vestor Wil­bur Ross af­ter a meet­ing at the Trump Na­tional Golf Club Bed­min­ster club­house. Trump is poised to of­fer the po­si­tion of com­merce sec­re­tary to Ross, the head of a pri­vate-eq­uity firm.

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