Posted: 3:47 pm Thursday, December 1st, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In his first campaign-style trip since winning the White House, President-Elect Donald Trump used a visit to a Carrier plant in Indianapolis to celebrate a financial deal worked out with the air conditioner giant, declaring it was just his first effort to keep American jobs from being shifted to Mexico and other countries.
“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore, without consequences” Mr. Trump triumphantly declared.
At Carrier plant, Trump says “Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences.” https://t.co/rYR6E0Fwx0
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 1, 2016
At Mr. Trump’s side during his stop in Indianapolis was Vice President-Elect Mike Pence – Indiana’s Governor – as Mr. Pence had a broad smile on his face as he announced the deal with his home state company.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 1, 2016
The details of the deal were much more a product of what could be done by Gov. Pence, as Indiana will provide $7 million in tax breaks to Carrier, all to help keep 1,000 jobs from being shifted out of that state.
The reaction – in many ways – was expected.
— Rep. Luke Messer (@RepLukeMesser) December 1, 2016
Trump brags about saving 1000 Carrier jobs in Indiana. He’s bribing Carrier on the taxpayers back. Crony capitalism is Trumpism. -R
— Ralph Nader (@RalphNader) November 30, 2016
But there were some Republicans who frowned on the Carrier deal, like Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan.
More corporate welfare and cronyism. Equal protection is denied when one company receives favors at the expense of everyone else in Indiana. https://t.co/gPVLLyYQOS
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 1, 2016
Next stop for Mr. Trump – Cincinnati, and a victory rally this evening.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.