CHICAGO (CBS) — Donald Trump’s transition team rolled into Indianapolis, where the president-elect touted his deal to keep the Carrier heating and air conditioning company from shipping some jobs to Mexico.
CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley was there when Trump toured the factory and took a bow.
Trump said was a phone call to Greg Hayes, the CEO Carrier’s parent company, United Technologies, that started it all.
“I said it’s really important, we have to do something because we have a lot of people leaving. We can’t allow this to happen anymore with our country,” Trump said.
Vice president-elect Mike Pence, still Indiana’s governor, weighed in with $7 million in subsides over a decade to keep nearly 1,000 jobs.
Nine months ago, Carrier announced this plant would be closed by 2019. The workers here regard Trump as a savior.
“Trump, he came through, the man is not even president yet. It’s unbelievable. My wife said it best: It’s an early Christmas present,” Jake Heringer says.
Carrier has promised to invest $16 million into this factory. Trump has promised reprisals, including tariffs on their imported goods, for corporations that move jobs out of the country.
“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences — not going to happen,” he said.
Carrier’s parent company does billions of dollars in federal contracts – likely a pressure point for corporation to make a deal with Trump.
The president-elect was set to start a rally in Cincinnati — the first stop on his so-called “Thank You Tour.”
There is another plant right across the street from the one trump visited Thursday. But those jobs won’t be saved, they’re going to Mexico — and, some 300 people will lose their jobs.
Also, Trump was unable to save the jobs of 700 other Carrier workers in a plant about two hours away from Indianapolis. They’re going to Mexico, too.