President-elect Donald Trump opened Sunday morning with a series of tweets aimed at companies that would move American jobs out of the country.
“Expensive mistake,” said the sixth tweet in a rapid-fire series. “THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.”
A central theme of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was bringing back jobs that had been outsourced to other countries over the years.
That point was something he emphasized last week with a deal that will retain some jobs at Carrier, a division of United Technologies that manufactures furnaces in Indiana, rather than having those jobs exported to Mexico. The deal has come under some criticism, even by the likes of Sarah Palin, for rewarding an individual company for what amounted to economic blackmail.
“The U.S. is going to substantially reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country,” read the president-elect’s first Sunday morning tweet, followed shortly by:
“fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. ……
“without retribution or consequence, is WRONG! There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies ……
“wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border. This tax will make leaving financially difficult, but…..
“these companies are able to move between all 50 states, with no tax or tariff being charged. Please be forewarned prior to making a very …” before ending with his “expensive mistake” tweet.