Donald Trump stood in front of a room full of 150 supervisors, production workers and reporters and told them (referring to the Carrier deal) “Now they’re keeping — actually the number’s over 1,100 people.”
That was a lie. And what makes it worse, apparently President Elect Donald Trump knew the number he presented was misleading.
During his campaign speech, Donald J Trump told a crowd of Carrier employees “They’re going to call me and they are going to say ‘Mr. President, Carrier has decided to stay in Indiana.” Once elected, his tone immediately changed. "I was talking about Carrier like all other companies from here on in,“ Trump said. "Because they made the decision a year and a half ago. But he believed that was — and I could understand it. I actually said — I didn’t make it — when they played that, I said, ‘I did make it, but I didn’t mean it quite that way.’”
What we’ve learned, now that the deal is finalized, is that Carrier will receive a tax break of $7 million over a decade, or $700,000 a year. In exchange, Carrier “agreed to invest $16 million in its Indiana operation.” As for the actual number of jobs President elect Donald Trump saved, it’s around 800. According to the Washington Post, of the 1,700 jobs at the Indiana plant, “350 in research and development were never scheduled to leave” and an additional 50 “were non-union clerical and supervisory positions”. If you add 800 + 350 + 50, you get the Trump number of over 1,100.
Let’s be clear, Donald Trump’s saving of 800 jobs is a good thing. I stand by my positive rating of it and applaud the early success of the President-elect. With that being said, it seems this is who the President-elect is and how he will run his administration. He will play with numbers to boost his success (even when he doesn’t need to), and will downplay his promises when convenient. The interesting thing is what will happen when he fails. All President’s fail at some point, but it remains to be seen how the future President will handle failure on a large scale.
But in the end, as of right now, Donald Trump is getting things done.