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WashPost: Trump Failed to Keep Jobs at Carrier

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By    |   Thursday, 25 May 2017 03:25 PM

President Donald Trump did not fulfill his campaign promise to keep jobs at Carrier in the United States as the company prepares for layoffs, The Washington Post reports.

Heating, ventilating and air conditioning company Carrier is preparing to shed hundreds of workers over the course of next year, beginning in July. Trump said last year at an Indiana rally that there was a "100 percent chance" of him keeping those jobs in the United States, but on May 19 the company sent a letter to state officials announcing that 632 employees will be terminated in the next year, 338 in July, four in October and the final 290 in December.

"This action follows a thorough evaluation of our manufacturing operations and is intended to address the challenges the business faces in a rapidly changing industry," Steven Morris, a Indianapolis-based Carrier manager wrote to Indiana's Department of Workforce Development

"While the entire facility is not closing, the separations are expected to be permanent," he added.

"If I were in office right now, Carrier would not be leaving Indiana," Trump said last spring at a rally in Indianapolis, according to local NBC affiliate WTHR. 

In December, he reiterated his claim, announcing at the Carrier plant that the company would keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana.

"Carrier has decided to stay in Indiana, invest more than $16 million in this facility alone, and will keep more than 1,000 jobs right here in the heart of the Heartland," Trump said, according to Time Magazine. 

CNN Money later reported that this figure included about 300 engineering and administrative positions that were never a part of the move to Mexico, and that the figure reached was closer to 800.

At the time, Vice President Mike Pence credited Trump for doing "just what he said he would do," and convinced Carrier in a phone call to keep those jobs in America.

"He picked up the phone — I was actually in the room — he picked up the phone, he talked from one American to another. He talked about our plans, our plans to make America more competitive, to reduce taxes, to roll back regulations, to put American jobs and American workers first again. He made the case for America.

"And Carrier decided to bet on a brighter future for the American people. And we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts."

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