Trump Reaches His First MAJOR Deal as President-Elect

Trump Reaches His First MAJOR Deal as President-Elect

President-elect Donald Trump has officially struck his first major deal and he has not even been inaugurated yet. Carrier, who makes air conditioning units, earlier this year announced they were moving 1,000 jobs to Mexico in order to save millions in labor costs. Those jobs will now be staying in Indianapolis and there must be a bunch of people sighing a big sigh of relief over it this morning. United Technologies Corp., Carrier’s parent company, reached the deal with Donald Trump and this is one promise he gets to keep.

And I’m pretty sure that Trump finagled this with a carrot that he was willing to take away from Carrier if they didn’t play ball. They are a major defense contractor and billions of dollars in military contracts were at stake. And magic presto… Carrier had a change of heart on the Indianapolis job scene. Looks like Trump is putting his negotiation skills to work early. Carrier didn’t want to tick Trump off… they couldn’t afford to.

From The Daily Caller:

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The incoming Trump administration has reached a deal with Carrier to keep about 1,000 jobs in the U.S. rather than outsourcing them to Mexico.

Carrier, which manufactures air conditioners, attracted national attention in early 2016 due a viral video of the company’s employees reacting to the news they were getting laid off, with their jobs being sent to new production facilities in Mexico. The move was intended to save Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, tens of millions of dollars in labor costs.

President-elect Donald Trump specifically pledged to reverse Carrier’s outsourcing plan if he were elected.

“It’s not like we have an 80 percent chance of keeping them or a 95 percent. One-hundred percent,” Trump told an Indianapolis rally last April.

On Thanksgiving, Trump announced he was negotiating with Carrier to keep at least some of its jobs in the United States. Now, those negotiations have borne fruit.

CNBC reported Tuesday night that a deal has been struck to keep about 1,000 jobs in the U.S., representing about half of the 2000 Carrier jobs that were to be outsourced from two different facilities. The deal, CNBC said, was spearheaded by vice president-elect and outgoing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and will be officially announced Thursday during a visit by Trump to the state.

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Some might call that extortion… others will call it brutal negotiation techniques. It worked and it shows that to play with Trump in this arena, you better be ready to dance with the big boys. Carrier could save millions on jobs by going to Mexico and lose billions in defense contracts. Choices, choices. Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, has a strong incentive to keep good relations with Trump and his incoming administration, given that a portion of its estimated $57 billion revenue this year will come through US military contracts at its Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems units. Welcome to Trump politics.

Carrier had originally announced plans in February to close an air conditioner factory in Indianapolis with the loss of 1,400 jobs. It said a further 700 jobs would be cut from another plant in Huntington, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis. The company had plans to move the jobs to Monterrey, Mexico, starting in 2017. Local union leaders said Carrier told them it would pay Mexican workers $3 an hour compared with more than $20 for their US counterparts. Trump vowed to tax the hell out of them and force them to stay in the US. I guess we know who won in more ways than one here, don’t we?

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