President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter yesterday to say he’s “making progress” in his effort to prevent air conditioner maker Carrier, one of Indiana’s largest employers, from moving a factory to Mexico.
“Will know soon!” Trump tweeted, saying he was working even on Thanksgiving to keep the plant in Indiana, Bloomberg News reported.
Carrier replied with a tweet of its own, saying it had held discussions with Trump’s team and looked forward to working with the incoming administration.
“Nothing to announce at this time,” said the company, which earlier this year said it would eliminate 1,400 jobs by relocating the plant’s manufacturing work to Mexico.
Trump said last week that he had stepped in to keep another manufacturer from moving a plant out the country, when he claimed he persuaded Ford Motor Co. to keep its plant in Kentucky, though the company said it never planned to close it.
Carrier’s plans to move its plant garnered national notice after a cellphone video of the company’s announcement to employees took off on social media and generated criticism of Carrier parent United Technologies Corp.
Trump had threatened to heavily tax any Mexican-made Carrier products while on the campaign trail last April, and he crowed “within 24 hours, they’re going to call back: ‘Mr. President, we’ve decided to stay. We’re coming back to Indianapolis.’ ”
The Carrier tweet came as Trump gathered with family at his Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving.
Trump’s team would not say exactly which family members joined him for dinner, although he arrived in Florida earlier in the week with his wife, Melania, and youngest son, 10-year-old Barron.
They dined with other Mar-a-Lago members from a Thanksgiving menu that featured “Mr. Trump’s wedge salad” and main course offerings such as oven-roasted turkey, leg of lamb, Chilean sea bass, and braised short ribs, according to a menu provided by a spokeswoman. The dessert options included pumpkin pie, toasted coconut cake, warm brownie pockets and hot apple crisp.
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