President Trump announced Friday that Charter Communications is planning to invest $25 billion and hire 20,000 workers over four years.
The announcement made it seem as if the 25,000 new jobs had just now been saved.
There’s just one problem: Charter Communications announced its plan to bring back those jobs last year, before Trump was elected, as first pointed out by Axios.
“Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over the next 4 years,” Trump tweeted. “THANK YOU Charter Communications!”
Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over the next 4 years. THANK YOU Charter Communications! pic.twitter.com/PLxUmXVl0h
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2017
An October 2016 Charter press release reads in part, “Charter Communications, which merged with Time Warner Cable in May and introduced its Spectrum brand of services in Texas in September, plans to add 20,000 U.S. jobs by insourcing its workforce and growing to meet customer demands, along with reshoring of call center work.”
The misleading announcement comes as the White House and House Republicans are under fire for struggling to pass their unpopular replacement to Obamacare.