President-elect Donald Trump took a victory lap at the Carrier plant in Indianapolis yesterday — where about 1,100 jobs were saved from being shipped to Mexico — and vowed that other U.S. companies would pay a steep price if they go ahead with plans to relocate factories overseas.
“We’re going to have a lot of phone calls made to companies when they say they’re thinking about leaving the country,” Trump said. “Because they’re not leaving this country … And the workers are going to keep their jobs. And they can leave from state to state and they can negotiate with the different states and all of that, but leaving the country is going to be very, very difficult.”
While speaking to workers, Trump also said: “Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences,”
Trump went on to lament growing regulations on business and pledged to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to “hopefully” 15 percent.
“Which would take us from the highest taxed nation, virtually in the world — this is terrible for business — to one of the lower taxed,” he said.
He also predicted that Carrier sales will skyrocket over the next six months.
“So many people are going to be buying Carrier air conditioners,” he said.
Carrier is receiving $7 million in tax incentives from the state of Indiana — where Vice President-elect Mike Pence is governor — to keep the 1,100 jobs in America and to keep the factory open.
Trump, in his speech after the factory tour, beamed with energy, showing the freewheeling style he honed on the campaign trail, with frequent tangents to talk about his primary victory in Indiana, former basketball coach Bob Knight and his “tremendous love affair with the state of Indiana.”
Then he singled out a man in the audience who said it was his son who spoke out on the national news segment about Carrier and said he was certain that Trump would keep the jobs from leaving.
“Your son, whoever the hell your son is, these people owe him a lot,” Trump said.
“The Rust Belt is so incredible, but we’re losing companies, it’s unbelievable. Just one after the other,” Trump said to workers at the Indianapolis plant. “Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. It’s not going to happen. It’s simply not going to happen.”
During the campaign, he had often cited the Indiana plant’s moving plans as a major result of poor Obama administration policies, and pledged to revive U.S. manufacturing.
Trump threatened during the campaign to impose sharp tariffs on any company that shifted its factories to Mexico. And his advisers have promoted lower corporate tax rates as a means of keeping jobs in the U.S.
Herald wire services contributed to this report.
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