Trump salutes Car­rier, self for sav­ing jobs

Pres­i­dent-elect kicks off vic­tory tour

Baltimore Sun - - TRUMP TRANSITION - By Jonathan Lemire

CINCIN­NATI — Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump kicked off a high-oc­tane vic­tory tour dur­ing his first­post-elec­tion rally Thurs­day night in Cincin­nati.

Trump told the crowd at what’s be­ing called his Thank You tour that he was go­ing to put Amer­ica first. He also con­firmed that he will nom­i­nate re­tired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the De­fense De­part­ment.

Ear­lier, he saluted work­ers, own­ers and him­self at a Car­rier plant in Indianapolis, declar­ing that a deal to keep a lo­cal plant open in­stead of mov­ing op­er­a­tions to Mex­ico was only the first of many busi­ness vic­to­ries to come in the U.S. with him as pres­i­dent.

Trump’s stop at the heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing gi­ant’s plant was his first ma­jor public ap­pear­ance since the elec­tion more than two weeks ago.

His speak­ing style, while less fiery than on the cam­paign trail, was sim­i­lar to the stream-of-con­scious­ness ef­forts of the past year. While fo­cus­ing on the hun­dreds of jobs he said he had saved from mov­ing to Mex­ico, he also found time to talk about his Hoosier state pri­mary per­for­mance, for­mer In­di­ana Uni­ver­sity bas­ket­ball coach Bob Knight and the wall he has promised to build along the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der.

Some ques­tions re­main about the ex­tent of the vic­tory at Car­rier.

In Fe­bru­ary, the heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing com­pany said that it would shut the plant and send jobs to Mex­ico, and video of an­gry work­ers be­ing in­formed about the de­ci­sion soon went vi­ral.

“We’re go­ing to build the wall,” Trump said, re­peat­ing his vow to con­struct an im­pen­e­tra­ble south­ern bor­der. “Trust me: We’re go­ing to build that wall.”

In other re­cent re­marks, Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump takes a vic­tory lap dur­ing a rally Thurs­day in Cincin­nati. he has sug­gested that he might go for a fence along some por­tions of the bor­der.

“The Rust Belt is so in­cred­i­ble, but we’re los­ing com­pa­nies, it’s un­be­liev­able. Just one af­ter the other,” Trump said to work­ers at the Indianapolis plant.

“Com­pa­nies are not go­ing to leave the United States any­more with­out con­se­quences. It’s not go­ing to hap­pen. It’s sim­ply not go­ing to hap­pen.”

Dur­ing the cam­paign, he had of­ten pointed to the In­di­ana plant’s mov­ing plans as a ma­jor re­sult of poor Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion poli­cies, and he pledged to re­vive U.S. man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Of­fi­cials said this week that Car­rier had agreed to keep some 800 union jobs at the plant, but Trump sug­gested Thurs­day that it could ex­ceed 1,100.

Ear­lier Thurs­day, Seth Martin, a spokesman for Car­rier, said In­di­ana of­fered the air con­di­tion­ing and fur­nace man­u­fac­turer $7 mil­lion in tax in­cen­tives af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions with Trump’s team to keep some jobs in the state.

Chuck Jones, the head of the USW Lo­cal 1999 union that rep­re­sents the work­ers, said the ad­di­tional jobs in Trump’s count were pre­vi­ously set to be saved.

The com­pany’s de­ci­sion is a bit of a re­ver­sal, since ear­lier of­fers from the state had failed to sway Car­rier.

Trump said he per­son­ally called Greg Hayes, the CEO of United Tech­nolo­gies, Car­rier’s par­ent, to seal the deal, jok­ingly ask­ing Hayes, “If I lost, would you have picked up the phone?”

The pres­i­dent- elect threat­ened dur­ing the cam­paign to im­pose sharp tar­iffs on any com­pany that shifted its fac­to­ries to Mex­ico. His ad­vis­ers have pro­moted lower cor­po­rate tax rates as a means of keep­ing jobs in the U.S

Trump re­peated both ide-


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