Trump says past quote about saving Carrier was a "euphemism"
Another day, another Twitter blast from President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump took to social media Wednesday evening to criticize Chuck Jones, a union leader. Jones has criticized Trump’s much-publicized deal with Carrier to keep manufacturing jobs in Indiana rather than move to Mexico. The deal included $7 million in state tax incentives.
Jones told The Washington Post that Trump “lied his a-- off,” accusing him of inflating the number of jobs being saved. Jones said 730 production jobs would remain and 550 people would lose their jobs. Trump touted more than 1,000 saved jobs.
“Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers,” he said.
Jones also appeared on CNN on Wednesday evening, shortly before Trump’s tweets.
United Steelworkers 1999 represents workers at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant.
In March, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence — before he was chosen to join Trump’s presidential ticket — met with Jones to help save the Carrier jobs.
Jones told The Washington Post he had received death threats after Trump’s tweets.
In recent days, Trump threatened to cancel a contract with Boeing for a new Air Force One on Twitter. Boeing’s stock fell nearly $2 per share after the tweet before returning to pre-tweet levels.