For eight years, I watched liberals give Obama credit (and he would take credit) for economic successes having nothing to do with any of his policies. It’s just as bad seeing Trump supporters, and Donald Trump himself, take credit for Sprint creating 5,000 jobs in the United States.
From The NY Times:
“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,” Mr. Trump told reporters at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “They have taken them from other countries. They are bringing them back to the United States.”
Sprint later said that the jobs were part of a previously announced commitment by Japan’s SoftBank, which owns a controlling stake in the mobile phone carrier, to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 positions. That announcement, made by Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, followed a meeting with Mr. Trump this month.
SoftBank is also a major investor in OneWeb, a satellite start-up that Mr. Trump said Wednesday would create an additional 3,000 jobs in the United States.
Although Mr. Trump claimed credit for SoftBank’s $50 billion investment in the United States, those plans predated the election, and Mr. Son has owned a controlling stake in Sprint, among other companies, for several years.
This move by Trump and his supporters to give him credit for “creating or saving” jobs before he assumes office is getting tiring already. How about we wait a year or two into his presidency before we crown him King Job Creator?
Ironically, the same supporters are gung-ho over Trump’s rhetoric about implementing tariffs. Such a move would have a devastating impact on our economy and cost jobs, not create them:
So instead of bringing jobs back, Trump’s trade policy would threaten jobs across America – especially at small to midsized firms, which make up 98 percent of our exporters. Raising tariffs would especially hurt Rust Belt states like Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania, which are export powerhouses of goods and services, and farm states like Iowa, where one in every four rows of soybeans is sold to China.
The hope is, with the people Trump has surrounded himself with, they’ll explain to him the impact of tariffs and it will go away like his promise to indict Hillary.