In the spring, Carrier announced they were moving 1,400 jobs to Mexico.
Donald Trump hammered the announcement as the picture of corrupt globalists sticking it to the American worker, whom he’s dubbed as the “forgotten man and woman.”
But shortly after his victory, President-elect Trump and Carrier reached a deal that left Mexico fuming.
Appearing at the Carrier facility in Indiana, President-elect Trump announced the deal that would save 1,000 American jobs.
USA Today reports:
“Nearly nine months after announcing it would relocate its Indianapolis operations to Mexico, Carrier has reached an agreement with the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,000 jobs in the city. The company confirmed its plan on Twitter.
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are scheduled to appear in the city Thursday for a formal announcement, according to a transition official who requested anonymity. Another source, who is familiar with the plan, said state incentives are part of the deal.
Carrier in a statement said it is “pleased to have reached a deal … to keep close to 1,000 jobs in Indy.”
The company’s decision is perhaps the first major victory for Trump since he was elected president earlier this month. Trump campaigned on keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and promised he would persuade Carrier to stay in the city — or punish the company if it refused.”
Many Americans cheered the deal because it meant President-elect Trump would keep his pledge to fight for the working man and woman in America and stand up to the forces of globalization.
However, Mexican officials were not happy.
Carrier shipping their jobs off to Mexico was a continuation of trade deals and economic conditions that allowed our Southern neighbor to gut our middle class while enriching their own country.
“Trump’s deal with Carrier created an “uncomfortable” situation for the company, and went beyond politicians’ remit, Fernando Turner, economy minister for Nuevo Leon, said in an interview.
“It’s not our job. It’s up to companies to take their own decisions, not politicians; that’s what’s done in Latin American countries that they call banana (republics) in the United States,” he said, laughing.
“It’s not something that was done up until now in the United States. But anyway, things change.”
But that wasn’t the only wake up call Mexico received.
President-elect Trump’s transition memo revealed that on day one, his administration would order the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission to study what would happen if the United States withdraws from NAFTA.
His trade representative would also inform Mexico and Canada that the United States wants to renegotiate the deal.
The leaders of Canada and Mexico have indicated their willingness to enter negotiations to improve the treaty.
President-elect Trump has said that if he can’t negotiate a better deal for U.S. workers, then he will rip the treaty up.
President-elect Trump has made it clear through both word and deed that the days of Mexico and other foreign countries ripping America off through trade deals, as well as enticing companies to ship their jobs overseas, are over.
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