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Published: Wed, November 30, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump says he's trying to get Carrier to keep jobs in US


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday defended former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's request for a recount of votes in Wisconsin, which President-elect Donald Trump narrowly won.

But we have before us the chance now to make history together.Mr. Trump, whose own "Make America Great Again" hats and other Trump-branded clothing items use materials not made in the U.S., has called the intended closure of the Indianapolis factory "disgusting" and "un-American" over the course of his campaign.There were signs of discord even within the president-elect's small inner circle as Mr Trump weighed his choices for secretary of state. "All of us need to hold Mr. Trump accountable to make sure that he keeps this promise", Senator Sanders said in a statement over the weekend.

I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana).

On Twitter Thursday, Trump said he was "working hard, even on Thanksgiving" to get the company to stay in the USA, and that he was " making progress". "Making progress - Will know soon!"

The Carrier talks could be the first true test of a new Trump administration and potential sign of a new approach, negotiating directly with individual companies, which would appear small in context of larger economic and manufacturing issues facing the United States.

"During the campaign, Donald Trump made a 100 percent commitment to prevent United Technologies from shipping 2,100 jobs from IN to Mexico".

"Let's be clear: it is not good enough to save some of these jobs", Sanders posted on his Senate website. Under his presidency, he promised to reverse the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, and bring these jobs back to America - a promise that helped him win over blue collar, Rust Belt workers. "I hope they aren't playing with people's emotions", said Chuck Jones, the local's president, told CNN.

"I think it's a long shot".

As president, Trump also has the power to favor certain companies when it comes to government contracts. Military sales account for about 10% of United Technologies $56 billion annual total, the Wall Street Journal reported.

While Trump has revealed few details regarding his Carrier plans since the election, there are a number of strategies the president-elect could utilize to convince the manufacturer to keep the factory open. But it is on the record, as are most other major multinational businesses, as wanting to see a cut in corporate tax rates, especially as it applies to cash earned overseas. When asked by Bash what he thought of that, Sanders said, "Nobody cares!"

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