Fresh off wheedling Carrier to keep 1,100 jobs in the U.S., President-elect Donald Trump took a victory lap Thursday, his first public appearance since the election, and said other companies who threaten to ship their jobs outside the country will face “consequences.”
Mr. Trump’s deal with Carrier, an air conditioning manufacturer that earlier this year announced it was axing some 1,400 jobs in Indiana, marked an early success for the novice politician, whose victory last month confounded analysts and gave new hope to blue-collar workers who say the economy has abandoned them.
Mr. Trump visited the Carrier plant in Indiana and held a rally with workers there, rehashing his campaign themes of border security, tax cuts and rebuilding American manufacturing.
He again hinted at forcing a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in an effort to keep jobs from slipping south into Mexico, and said corporations that do think of fleeing should expect a phone call from him.
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