President-elect Trump has once again taken to Twitter to complain about how the press is not giving him any credit for bringing jobs back to America.
Trump blasted NBC News on Wednesday, calling them “biased” for claiming he had nothing to do with some companies’ decision to manufacture in the United States.
Totally biased @NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS. Ask top CEO's of those companies for real facts. Came back because of me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
No wonder the Today Show on biased @NBC is doing so badly compared to its glorious past. Little credibility!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
The news clipping by Ben Popken detailed how companies like General Motors, Ford and Wal-Mart were making early announcements about planned job creation. However, it was clarified that none of these plans were actually influenced by Trump and that the companies were working on the business strategies for years, even before Trump started shouting about bringing jobs back to America. Not to mention the fact that it takes years of research before a company can make such major decisions on investment. Their decision to announce their plans was certainly timed but only because they did not want to face any undue wrath from the president-elect.
However, Trump quickly branded the news as “fake” and referred to his Jan.3 tweet in which he threatened General Motors with a “big border tax” if they didn’t stop manufacturing in Mexico.
General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
However, his threats do not have the desired effect.
GM CEO Mary Barra told Fox News that the company did not foresee any changes to its production strategy in Mexico, despite the president-elect’s threats.
Likewise, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, who plans to invest in Michigan and Ohio, stated, “If tomorrow morning President-elect Trump decides to impose border tariffs on anything that comes up from Mexico, then we’ll have to adjust.”
Some other companies that have repackaged their planned hiring sprees to escape Trump’s ire include Amazon and Wal-Mart, which said it will introduce 100,000 and 10,000 new jobs in U.S., respectively.
This isn’t the first time Trump has accused companies of not giving him his due credit. Previously, he tweeted that Ford keeping jobs at a factory in Kentucky was his doing, even though the company stated it did not plan to cut jobs. He then criticized Toyota for moving jobs to Mexico, even though it did not intend to do so.
Trump’s immature reaction has many of the Twitter users calling foul:
First thing POTUS says: good wishes for HW Bush/Barbara Bush in hospital. Trump today? Bashing NBC, fake job claims, and marching bands.— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) January 18, 2017
Trump just paid a $25M settlement for scamming seniors and war widows at a fake University. I'll take CNN & NBC News over his lies any day.— Richard Hine (@richardhine) January 18, 2017
6 tweets from Trump this AM:— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) January 18, 2017
1 plugging FOX News
2 bashing NBC
2 lying about saving jobs
1 about random band
0 wishing George H.W. Bush well
It’s absurd Trump can look people in the face and cite “fake news” and “bring jobs back to America” when he himself refers to fake statistics, takes support of fake news website to disprove allegations and his own menswear brand is made in China.
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