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In a deal that even stalwart Trump supporter calls a “hallmark of corruption” and “crony capitalism,” Trump and Pence offered the company $7 million to keep a small portion of the jobs they planned to move across the border in Indiana. The problem is that the company will still be moving 1,300 jobs Trump and his crew refuse to speak about. But Carrier was forthright with employees in a companywide letter explaining The Donald’s attempt to deceive the American public into thinking he was doing some actual good.
“While this announcement is good news for many, we recognize it is not good news for everyone,” the letter tells employees. Carrier explains that regardless of any deal with Trump they intend to “move forward with previously unannounced plans” to relocate 1,300 jobs to Mexico by the end of the year.
“We recognize that this has been very difficult for your families,” the letter says, praising employees for continuing to work even knowing the company intended to f*ck them over with or without Donald Trump’s input. “We greatly appreciate this and sincerely thank you for all your efforts.”
— Rafael Sánchez (@RafaelOnTV) December 2, 2016
Trump’s dangerous decision to show companies that he will give them special favors if they merely threaten to take jobs elsewhere will have far-reaching impact, but the Wall Street Journal says that another aspect of the deal — Trump’s threats against the company if they didn’t comply — is far more dangerous than the bribe:
Mr. Trump’s Carrier squeeze might even cost more U.S. jobs if it makes CEOs more reluctant to build plants in the U.S. because it would be politically difficult to close them.
Yes, more jobs were lost than were saved and yes, Trump just set a precedent for providing financial gifts to companies who threaten to take jobs elsewhere, but Trump has managed to make it dangerous for companies to bring jobs here while he is President — something that we can expect will cause a lot of damage down the road.
By John Prager