Donald Trump is now bizarrely taking credit for announcements about American jobs that were made long before he won the 2016 presidential election. On Wednesday, Trump said, ” I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they are going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States. They have taken them from other countries.”
But Sprint made the announcement about returning the 5,000 jobs to he United States months ago – in April of 2016. The announcement was made by Softbank, the parent company of Sprint.
Trump recently met with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, and it is possible that in attempting to flatter or impress Trump, the incoming president was strung along to believe he influenced the company to keep jobs in America.
The false announcement is in line with past Trump actions, like his claim that he had convinced Carrier to keep jobs at its plant in Indiana. In reality, Trump’s running mate Mike Pence, also the governor of Indiana, convinced the state government to bribe Carrier with a package of tax cuts. In return, Carrier will keep a few jobs in the state which it will work towards automating out of existence while also still sending hundreds of jobs overseas.
Many in the mainstream media reported on Trump’s false announcement about the Carrier jobs without digging into the details and allowed his propaganda to be broadcast unfiltered and without fact checking.