Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday the incoming administration’s strategy to keep American companies in the U.S. will be handled on a “day-by-day basis.”
“The president-elect will make those decisions on a day-by-day basis in the course of the transition and in the course of the administration,” Pence said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Speaking with host George Stephanopoulos about Trump’s recent move to keep the Carrier company in the U.S., Pence said that Trump’s mission was to fight to “roll back regulations, repeal and replace ObamaCare and make American manufacturing come back to life”
Stephanopoulos asked if Trump was going to “call all these other companies who are going to move overseas?” He then suggested that Trump’s plan had “winners and losers,” and noted prominent critics within the Republican Party — former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin — called the plan “crony capitalism.”
“No, I don’t think it’s picking winners and losers at all — what the president-elect did with Carrier was simply reach out one American to another and just ask them to reconsider,” Pence said. “He told them, we’re going to do exactly what we said we would do in this campaign, we’re going to make the American economy more competitive, we’re going to get tougher and smarter on trade deals. And that was changed circumstances from when they made their decision to leave last February.”
Pence reiterated that Trump keeping the Carrier plant in the U.S. and saving 1,000 jobs was instrumental in defining the new administration.
“It was one of the most emotional experiences that I’ve had in my public career, the way people reached out, grabbed our president-elect by the hand and just said thank you… I think that the message that that sends across the American economy to businesses that may be considering leaving our country is that things are really changing,” he said.