It was back in June of this year – right after Donald Trump had clinched the nomination – at a PBS townhall that President Obama ridiculed the presumptive nominee for saying he’d try to negotiate with Carrier to convince them to leave jobs in the U.S. instead of moving them to Mexico.
“When somebody says, like the person you just mentioned who I’m not going to advertise for, that he’s going to bring all these jobs back, well how exactly are you going to do that?” Obama asked at the June townhall. “What are you going to do?”
He continued, “There’s — there’s no answer to it. He just says, ‘Well, I’m going to negotiate a better deal.’ Well, how — what — how exactly are you going to negotiate that? What magic wand do you have? And usually, the answer is he doesn’t have an answer.”
Trump isn’t even President yet, and he and Pence were able to negotiate something with the company that convinced them to keep about 1,000 jobs in the U.S.
In response, White House spokesman Josh Earnest downplayed the news and pointed to President Obama’s record of creating over 800,000 manufacturing jobs since he took office in 2009:
“I know that the president-elect has indicated that he deserves credit for — for that announcement, and I guess what I would observe is that if he is successful in doing that 804 more times,” Earnest explained, “then he will meet the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the United States while President Obama was in office. There were 805,000 manufacturing jobs that weren’t just protected or saved, but actually created while President Obama was in office.” He continued:
“If we go to protecting jobs, there are more than a million jobs in the industrial Midwest that were saved when President Obama made the decision to rescue the American auto industry, and the long-term benefits of that fateful decision that was not initially popular has yielded a substantial benefit for the entire country, but certainly for the industrial Midwest.”
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