by Ted Goodman
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence toured a Carrier air conditioning plant in Indiana Thursday, after the incoming president and the company reached a deal to keep over 1,000 jobs in the United States.
“It is a great day for working people all across America,” Pence said at the plant, before introducing the president-elect.
“We are losing companies one after the other,” Trump asserted to a small audience located in a room off of the factory floor. “I got involved because of the love affair that we have.”
Carrier is reportedly investing $16 million into the Indiana plant, and will keep over 1,000 jobs at the Indianapolis facility. (RELATED: Trump Reaches Deal With Carrier To Keep 1,000 Jobs)
Trump made an example out of Carrier during the presidential campaign for a plan to leave Indiana for Mexico. The incoming president promised on the campaign trail to call the company and keep the jobs from going to Mexico.
He followed through with his pledge, calling the CEO of United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, over Thanksgiving to negotiate a deal.
“United Technologies really stepped up,” Trump said. “Companies are not going to leave anymore without consequences,” Trump said.
“We are going to be lowering our business taxes from 35 percent, hopefully to 15 percent. The other thing that we are doing, is regulations. These great leaders of industry, if they had their choice of lower taxes or massive cutting in regulations, they’d do away with the regulations,” he continued.
The president-elect hypothesized that the air conditioning company would sell more units in the coming months than thought, based off of the decision to stay in the United States.
The details of the agreement are not entirely clear, but United Technologies is a major defense contractor with the federal government. The company could lose billions of dollars if the Trump administration took a hostile position towards it.
Trump also promised they were going to follow through with building a wall along the Mexican boarder, and railed against NAFTA.
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