Today, President Donald Trump took credit for his job growth policies inspiring Charter Communications to bring 20,000 jobs back to America and invest $25 billion in infrastructure.
Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over the next 4 years. THANK YOU Charter Communications! pic.twitter.com/PLxUmXVl0h
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2017
But Reuters News poured a bucket of cold water on Trump’s shameless efforts to take credit for yet another business move he had absolutely nothing to do with:
“Trump touts Charter hiring that was in works for two years” admonishes their headline.
In June 2015 Rutledge reported that Charter would need an additional 20,000 jobs in American in the coming years as a result of a merger deal that was in the works. Charter merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016.
In February 2016, Charter announced that it would be adding those roughly 20,000 jobs in America within five years, including a call center in Texas employing 600 which repatriates a traditionally outsourced industry.
As part of the merger with Time Warner, officials at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stipulated that Charter must extend broadband service to at least 2 million Americans within 5 years, and some of those broadband networks must be open to a competitor to use.
In other words, the investment is a penalty imposed by regulators who were afraid of giving Charter a huge market share without protections for consumers. The broadband infrastructure requirement was made in May 2016, long before Trump had even secured the Republican nomination.
Trump is trying to take credit for jobs and investments that have nothing to do with his presidency. It’s a pathetic attempt to bolster his image after two Muslim bans have been struck down, his health care bill has gone down in flames, and he has humiliated himself with false claims that Obama wiretapped him. And, of course, the Russia scandal rages on around him.
Trump hasn’t done anything in office except create confusion and chaos. Don’t let him get away with his lies about spurring job growth and investment that happened under President Obama.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.