President-elect Donald Trump said on Twitter Thursday that he is spending his holiday trying to keep jobs in America.
“I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana),” Trump tweeted. He added, “MAKING PROGRESS – Will know soon!”
Carrier announced in February that it will be moving approximately 1,400 jobs from its Indianapolis factory to Mexico starting in 2017. Carrier responded to Trump on Twitter, and said, “Carrier has had discussions with the incoming administration and we look forward to working together. Nothing to announce at this time.”
During his campaign for the presidency, Trump said he will make sure factories keep their jobs in America by imposing tariffs. During an April rally in Indiana he said, “You’re going to bring it across the border, and we’re going to charge you a 35 percent tax. Now within 24 hours they’re going to call back. ‘Mr. President, we’ve decided to stay. We’re coming back to Indianapolis.'”
Last week, Trump claimed responsibility for Ford not moving a Louisville Lincoln factory to Mexico. The Louisville factory was scheduled to move in 2018 but it was not known where it would be relocated. Ford confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that they had been in contact with President-elect Trump and that they will not be moving the factory to Mexico.