On the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump continually promised to bring jobs back to America.
“I will bring jobs back from China. I will bring jobs back from Japan. I will bring jobs back from Mexico,” he said during a February debate among GOP presidential candidates. “I’m going to bring jobs back and I’ll start bringing them back very fast.”
With a little more than three weeks to go before he officially takes office, Trump announced Wednesday that a total of 8,000 new jobs will be created in the United States.
Trump said Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States from overseas and OneWeb will add 3,000 jobs in the U.S.
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Trump said the deal “was done through” SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, a Japanese billionaire and technology investor.
“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 and taking them from other countries,” Trump said Wednesday at his Mar-a-Lago resort near Palm Beach, Fla.
“They’re bringing them back to the United States and Masa and some other people were very much involved in that so I want to thank them. And OneWeb, a new company, is going to be hiring 3,000 people and that’s very exciting,” he said.
Many details were not disclosed Wednesday, including where the Sprint jobs were coming from and where either company might locate the facility to house those new jobs.
“We are excited to work with President-Elect Trump and his Administration to do our part to drive economic growth and create jobs in the U.S.,” said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure in a statement. “We believe it is critical for business and government to partner together to create more job opportunities in the U.S. and ensure prosperity for all Americans.”
Sprint’s statement said the jobs will include “variety of functions across the organization including its Customer Care and Sales teams.”
“Sprint will begin discussions immediately with its business partners, states and cities to determine the right locations in the U.S. to create these jobs. The company expects to fulfill this commitment by the end of its fiscal year 2017,” the Spring statement said.
Since winning the Nov. 8 election, Trump has also intervened about 1,000 jobs that Carrier Corp. had planed to move from Indiana to Mexico.
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