Donald Trump is taking credit for a jobs deal that he had nothing to do with. It was just yesterday that Trump took credit for Obama’s economy during the holiday season. And here we go again: “Because of what’s happening and the spirit and the hope I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they’re going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States,” Trump told reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Wednesday. “Masa and some other people were very much involved with that.”
File that under: Stuff that didn’t happen.
“This is part of the 50,000 jobs that Masa previously announced,” a Sprint spokeswoman told Engadget on Wednesday. “This total will be a combination of newly created jobs and bringing some existing jobs back to the U.S.”
There are so many holes in Trump’s story:
“I just spoke with the head person,” Trump told Bloomberg. “He said because of me they’re doing 5,000 jobs in this country.”
Here’s the problem: Despite what Trump and the press release from Sprint said (and what its CEO recently tweeted), these jobs were part of a previous announcement from Softbank (Sprint’s parent company) CEO Masayoshi Son — not the direct result of working with Trump.
In mid-October, Softbank announced that the company was sinking $100 billion into a tech-investment fund.
The journalist reached out to Sprint and received a press release which he had already read:
— Timothy J. Seppala (@timseppala) December 29, 2016
So he asked for confirmation as to whether the deal can be attributed to Trump.
“This is part of the 50,000 jobs that Masa previously announced,” she said. “This total will be a combination of newly created jobs and bringing some existing jobs back to the U.S.”
Per @alex_mallin a Sprint spokesperson tells ABC “the 5,000 jobs are part of the 50,000 jobs that Masa Son announced a few weeks ago.”
— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) December 29, 2016
The president-elect is trying to claim responsibility for something he had nothing to do with. He does this a lot in order to feed his massive ego. He previously credited himself for “saving” 1,100 jobs at HVAC company Carrier, including 300 that weren’t moving to Mexico anyway. The jobs he ‘saved’ will be paid for by taxpayers in Indiana. Trump claimed in November that he stopped Ford from moving a Kentucky production plant to Mexico, but the company already announced it wouldn’t move production of one model line to Mexico.
It appears Trump is taking credit for something that was announced in October. Oh wait, that’s the Obama economy Trump is taking credit for again.
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