Remember when President Obama went to Copenhagen to try and secure the 2016 Olympic games for Chicago? Yeah…fail. Before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump has taken credit for keeping 1,000 jobs in Indiana, and he never even left Trump tower in Manhattan.
President-elect Donald Trump scored a victory Tuesday night when Carrier, an Indiana-based manufacturing company that had announced plans to move 1,400 jobs to Mexico, said it would keep 1,000 jobs in the state.
Trump tweeted on Thanksgiving Day that he was working on the Carrier deal. But we aren’t likely to find out how much personal involvement he had, if any. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is still the sitting governor of Indiana, may have had a hand in putting together a package for United Technologies (UTX) which kept the jobs in the state.
But Trump got top billing and took credit.
We are pleased to have reached a deal with President-elect Trump & VP-elect Pence to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy. More details soon.
— Carrier (@Carrier) November 30, 2016
CNBC reported that Pence negotiated the deal.
While UTX was seeking the savings that would come from moving some production to Mexico, people familiar with the situation indicated that the savings were not worth incurring the wrath of the incoming administration, including the potential threat to the significant business that UTX currently conducts with the U.S. government, largely in the form of orders for jet engines and other defense-related equipment.
Having Pence on board seems to have paid off for Trump in many ways, and now with this solid win before taking office. This also goes along with the tone for the Trump administration. Rule Number One: If there’s credit to be given, Trump takes first position, and then he can thank the “little people” who helped. Rule Number Two: If it blows up, it’s someone else’s fault. Rule Number Three: Refer to Rules 1 and 2.