WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):
President-elect Donald Trump told workers at an Indianapolis air-conditioner plant, “Jobs aren’t going to leave the United States anymore without consequences.”
Trump toured the Carrier plant to tout a deal to save the plant and as many as 1,000 jobs that were going to be moved to Mexico.
In a campaign-style speech that rambled at times, Trump said he would make it easier for companies to stay in the U.S. by lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to “one of the lowest in the world.” He also said he would help get rid of “unnecessary” regulations, adding that some regulations are necessary for the environment and safety.
He said trade deals have made it a “one-way road” to Mexico.
He added, “Trust me, we are going to build that wall.”
A Carrier spokesman said earlier Thursday that the company received $7 million in tax incentives from Indiana to keep the factory running.
Trump, joined by his running mate Mike Pence, walked through a portion of the Carrier plant in Indianapolis. He waved at some cheering workers, spoke with Carrier executives and inspected an assembly line.
Trump made saving the plant a central promise of his campaign. He threatened to impose 35% tariffs on air-conditioners coming into the U.S.
A deal was reached this week to keep 800 jobs at the Indiana plant. But hundreds more are still set to lose their jobs, including 700 at a UTEC plant in Huntington, Ind., which is owned by the same company that owns Carrier, United Technologies Corp.
United Technologies also has billions of dollars in federal government contracts. It owns Pratt & Whitney, which supplies fighter jet engines.
Indiana is offering Carrier $7 million in incentives to keep some jobs in Indiana that the company had planned to shift to Mexico.
A company spokesman, Seth Martin, says the offer was made to the air conditioning and furnace maker after negotiations with President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to announce the deal in Indianapolis later Thursday.
State economic development officials could not immediately be reached for comment to confirm the figure.
The Associated Press previously reported the deal will involve keeping about 800 union positions in Indianapolis that were to be outsourced.
Trump made Carrier’s plans to shutter the Indianapolis plant a central issue of his campaign. He repeatedly railed against the company for its plans to move production to Mexico.
The congressman named by Donald Trump to oversee the country’s health care system would also have an impact on another major issue – immigration.
It’s an area where Georgia Republican Tom Price has been at odds with the Obama administration.
If Price is confirmed by the Senate to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, he would head an office responsible for both resettling refugees in the United States and caring for immigrant children caught trying to cross the border on their own.
The five-term lawmaker has joined his Republican colleagues in objecting to Obama’s immigration enforcement policies, including those at the border. Price co-sponsored a bill that sought to let states block Syrian refugees from settling in their communities.
Donald Trump’s transition team says the incoming president will meet on Friday with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (HYT’-kamp), a Democrat up for re-election in 2018.
Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to talk with Heitkamp at Trump Tower in New York. Trump won Heitkamp’s home state with an overwhelming majority in the presidential election.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller says Heitkamp “comes very highly recommended, very highly qualified as a proven leader and would be an asset in any role or capacity.”
Heitkamp says in a statement she’s appreciative of the meeting and says that “whatever job I do, I hope to work with the president-elect” and her colleagues in Congress to help North Dakota.
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