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Friday, March 22, 2019

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said telecommunications group Sprint Corp and a U.S. satellite company OneWeb will bring 8,000 jobs to the United States, and the companies said the positions were part of a previously disclosed pledge by Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp.

SoftBank holds stakes in both companies and its chief, billionaire businessman Masayoshi Son, earlier in December said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 jobs.

Sprint in January said it had cut 2,500 jobs as part of its plan to cut $2.5 billion in costs. On Wednesday it said it would create 5,000 jobs in areas including sales and customer care by the end of its fiscal year ending in March 2018.

Sprint spokesman Dave Tovar said the jobs were part of the pledge made by Son but would be funded by Sprint.

SoftBank and OneWeb had announced on Dec. 19 that the Japanese company was leading a $1.2 billion funding round.

OneWeb plans to use the funds to build a plant in Florida to produce low-cost satellites, creating almost 3,000 jobs at the company and its suppliers.

SoftBank described its $1 billion share of the funding as the first tranche of the $50 billion promised by Son in a meeting with Trump.

It is not clear whether the $50 billion SoftBank investment would be part of a $100 billion tech investment fund that the head of SoftBank and Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund had announced earlier in the year.

“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, they are taking them from other countries,” Trump told reporters outside his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

“And also OneWeb, a new company, is going to be hiring 3,000 people. So that’s very exciting,” he added.

Shares of Sprint Corp, which is 82 percent owned by SoftBank, were barely changed in after-hours trading.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by Susan Heavey and Heather Somerville; Writing by Ayesha Rascoe and Peter Henderson; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

IMAGE: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at his Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, March 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

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100 responses to “Trump Again Tries To Pass Off New Sprint Jobs As His Own Deal (It’s Not)”

  1. Godzilla says:

    Trump gets elected and jobs are being announced, planned or not is of no matter. Yet you bitch like little girls . No wonder you lost.

  2. Trump, the quintessential narcissist that he is, is forever feeling the need to feed that gigantic ego of his by taking credit for everything—even for decisions arrived at just before he enters a room.

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    • bobnstuff says:

      Watch Trump will try to take credit for the sun coming up tomorrow.

  3. PatrickHenry says:

    The National Memo Haters & Intolerant Socialists Club!

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      PatrickHenry…we know who you right wingers are. Your stock in trade is trying to always have it all your way even when you know YOUR way is wrong and most always ILLEGAL. In case you think we missed it, we know you are a nobody who thinks your opinion ranks up there with that of Pope Francis or Mahatma Gandi’s.

      You and your right wingers have one major problem now. You CANNOT BE TRUSTED. No one can trust people who not only try to reinvent history to suit their needs but also defy the U.S. Constitution by rigging elections.

      You may think you’ve gotten away with it. But, all you’ve really done is bolluxed up the election process to the point where NO election, even those you try to rig can be trusted. Lose trust of others and you are a worthless piece of crap.

    • johninPCFL says:

      Who is it that’s now bragging about spending government money to have private businesses hire people they’ve previously decided were not necessary? Which form of government centralizes the hiring and firing decisions?

      • PatrickHenry says:

        Trump has been making many phone calls to bussiness people he is experienced with from all over the World, to get them to bring their business to the US, by making conditions good for businesses. The reason why many left, or do not want to do business in the US is well known, the highest corporate tax burden and excessive regulations. Under Obama, unemployment remained very high the entire 8 years.

        • johninPCFL says:

          So the $700k/yr of government money for a decade to Carrier is illusion? Again, which type of government decides what businesses hire who?

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Trump is only business. How does that square with him having to answer to taxpayers? This is not one of his casinos where all he has to do is hand out pink slips and he can do what he pleases with the wages he owes or the debts he amassed to contractors. Dollar to a donut, he has not learned that he cannot stiff government contractors. He tried with Boeing and got shot down when Boeing reminded him that their US government contract was set in stone during the Bush/Cheney Administration. Now, Trump goes around lying about how he reduced the cost of Boeing’s contract. He is full of SH.T

        • Independent1 says:

          What absolute hogwash!! Trump wouldn’t know how to set up a legitimate employment deal if his life depended on it. All Trump knows how to negotiate are deals that funnel money into his pocket at the expense of people who worked for him – and that includes his own attorneys!!!!

          Trump’s lawyers testified they met with him in pairs to ensure he wouldn’t lie about their meetings

          http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/10/6/1578559/-Trump-s-lawyers-testified-they-met-with-him-in-pairs-to-ensure-he-wouldn-t-lie-about-their-meetings

          • PatrickHenry says:

            The dailykos? Need I say more? You are in a dying minority of Socialists, the Country has reversed itself!

          • The lucky one says:

            “the Country has reversed itself!” LOL So you think the steady drain of wealth into the hands of the 1% will change under Trump? I have some primo swamp land for you at a good price.

        • Independent1 says:

          And you expect some guy who doesn’t even pay the contractors that work on his projects to truly care about creating jobs for the average peon?? What dream world are you living in??

          USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills

          An excerpt:

          In addition to the lawsuits, the review found more than 200 mechanic’s liens — filed by contractors and employees against Trump, his companies or his properties claiming they were owed money for their work — since the 1980s. The liens range from a $75,000 claim by a Plainview, N.Y., air conditioning and heating company to a $1 million claim from the president of a New York City real estate banking firm. On just one project, Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, records released by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1990 show that at least 253 subcontractors weren’t paid in full or on time, including workers who installed walls, chandeliers and plumbing.

          And for much more on how Donald Trump cheats one contractor/employee after another, go here:

          http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/

          • PatrickHenry says:

            Better leave the Country while you can Mr. Illegal alien! Soon the WALL goes up & useless or criminal Illegals will be deported.

        • ralphkr says:

          But, PatrickHenry, how can you keep a straight face when you claim corporate tax burden in the US is the highest in the world when struggling tiny companies such as GE, Wells Fargo, Apple, etc. have billions in annual profits and either pay no taxes or pay negative taxes (refunds far larger than taxes paid). In a number of states the state income tax withheld from wages goes into the company coffers instead of to the state.The only companies who pay the “highest corporate tax rate” are businesses that are too small to buy a Congressman, in other words, only small Main Street corporations pay taxes.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            Some businesses have too many loopholes, they try to play the game to keep in competition with foreign businesses with low wages, low corporate taxes & low regulations. Most businesses are struggling to remain profitable in the US. Trump is against excessive loopholes as well, but we need to help American companies stay here, or return here, as well as foreign investments. It is already happening. Stay tuned, & get off the anti-wealthy bs.

          • ralphkr says:

            My, my, Patrick, you certainly haven’t paid attention to what I have said. I am definitely FOR being wealthy but I am definitely against crooked cheaters. Those businesses who have bought and paid for Congressmen so they get all those sweet tax write offs aren’t doing it to compete with foreign companies but to get an unfair advantage over all other companies in the US, foreign or domestic.

            I agree that we should stop giving US government bonuses to companies that move their jobs off shore and I am heartily for lowering the corporate tax rate (after all, it reduces my dividends) but only if all the loopholes are closed so ALL businesses pay the same rate instead of our current taxation setup where the little guy pays 39%, the massive guys pay 0% or negative %. Kindly note that the average tax rate paid by ALL corporations in the USA was a stunning 12.6%. Now look at how much higher your personal tax was than the corporate and then complain about excessive business taxes compared to individual taxes. Hint- I paid approximately double what the average rate for ALL businesses and I am no where near being wealthy.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            I do agree with closing loopholes & eliminating deductions. But it has gotten steadily worse under politicians.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            That is one reason the U.S. needs a simpler & fairer tax system, I am all for that, as is Trump & Pence. Most politicians keep it complicated for their own interests. Here is a list of the Corporate Tax rates of countries around the World:

            Corporate Income Tax Rates around the World, 2016 | Tax Foundation
            taxfoundation.org/article/corporate-income-tax-rates-around-world-2016
            Aug 18, 2016 – Key Findings: The United States has the third highest general top marginal corporate income tax rate in the world, at 38.92 percent. The worldwide average top corporate income tax rate, across 188 countries and tax jurisdictions, is 22.5 percent.

          • ralphkr says:

            You have just proven that the US tax rate is too low compared to other countries. If the world average is 22.5% it serves as proof that the ACTUAL AVERAGE tax paid by US corporations of only 12.6% is much too low.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            We are discussing the corporate of the MAJOR Countries of the World, ones we trade with, not tiny little Countries all over the World.

          • ralphkr says:

            You don’t consider the US a MAJOR Country of the World? Remember that the average US tax paid by ALL US corporations was only 12.6% which is far less than the amount paid by most of those individuals posting here.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            The (Average Corporate Tax Rate of Industrial Countries) shows the U.S. the 3rd. Highest at 39.1%, only Chad & The United Arab Emirates are higher. Worldwide “average” is 22.6%. Every region in the World lowered their corporate tax rate, making it even more difficult for companies to compete in the U.S. The U.S. has the Highest corporate income tax rate among the 35 Industrialized nations of the OECD. Instead of recognizing this fact, you try & twist the economic reality that hurts OUR businesses, economy, thus OUR People, you stick with the Democrat-Socialist Party’s politics over actual doing good for Our People.

          • ralphkr says:

            Once again, Patrick, you stress the stated US corporate tax rate, which includes state taxes, while ignoring the rate actually paid. How on earth can you keep a straight face claiming that struggling little companies such as GE & Apple are unable to compete worldwide because the pay no US corporate taxes instead of the stated 39.1%. The only corporations paying the full load are the small ones on Main Street who don’t have the assets available to buy a Congressman. Notice that in the USA the AVERAGE actually paid by ALL corporations was 12.6%. That figure includes EVERY US corporations from those on Main Street (who pay 39%) to those Global corporations (who pay ZERO% or less).

            By the way, Patrick, if it were not for the Democratic Socialist Party no one would have Social Security, Medicare, visibility would often still be under 100 feet in our major cities, out breaks of food poisoning would be a daily occurrence, safety rules would not exist, and starting pay would still be under 50 cents an hour (my first city job, loading dock worker, paid $0.125 an hour and that was during boom times).

          • PatrickHenry says:

            The facts renain, no matter how you slice it, the U.S. is the Highest. Just because you have a thing about wealth, you attack American wealth as opposed to the wealthy businesses of foreign countries, which cause unfair trade advantages for them, resulting in loss of American jobs. Add to that our higher wages in general, excessive regulations, & higher tariffs on American goods, higher healthcare, especially with Obamacare, it’s a wonder we aren’t worse than we are. But without action, it will be.

            I’ve already discussed the bankrupt state of SS & Medicare many times, how the government uses OUR money for other things, tells us when & how much we get back, & how we get nothing to leave heirs if we die. Liberals like to make it look as it’s all or nothing with social programs, thereby growing them unsustainable for votes. Many things better done at State & local levels.

          • ralphkr says:

            Yep, Patrick, and it must be because of those outrageous taxes, excessive regulations, and overpaid US workers that all those foreign car manufacturers have opened plants in the USA. A few years back a friend told be that the only big screen TVs he could buy in Japan had been built in the US (with Japanese trademarks).

            As far as SS being bankrupt I have been hearing how SS shall run out of money within 3 to 5 years ever since the 1940s while everyone carefully ignores the fact that SS shall NEVER run out of money if they remove the cap on wages. Yep, things really were better when everything was run locally… Why, when I was young and there was no SS there were no homeless people. There were hobos but they didn’t count and I bet you don’t remember the county poor farms set up for the poor families and the elderly and the oversized houses containing three or more generations struggling to survive. Yep, local was really better (snark)

          • PatrickHenry says:

            So your answer to salvaging SS & Medicare is to constantly raise taxes. Again you proved my point about all or nothing attitude. Certain policies & regulations are needed, but not the excessive Federal regulations. Most of this is due to politics.
            Countries like Japan have such high tariffs on non-Japanese products that most can’t afford American products. I am sure you know how expensive a Harley is there, only the very wealthy can afford one as a status symbol. Still very anti-American comments.

          • ralphkr says:

            I never said anything about raising taxes, Patrick, but stated that it was unfair that the wealthy did not have to pay anymore after they hit the cap ($118K 2016, 127K 2017). Our company pension required each employee to pay 7% towards his pension whether he earned $6K per annum or $72K per annum (theoretically, the company matched payments) and no one felt that it was unfair since we all had the option of drawing pensions or getting back what we had paid in unlike SS which I paid into for years but, fortunately, I can’t get any SS because of too many years in exempt jobs. I say fortunately because my private pension would be reduced by over $2.50 for every dollar of SS I collect.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            I guess the problems there are are because of the complexity of our tax laws and decades of politics too involved in all of our lives. Just like to comment that asking the wealthy to pay even more into SS when they won’t even get what they put into it, doesn’t make any sense, just redistribution of wealth, which many are already paying at higher rates. But even Trump stated many times, the SUPER wealthy, that benefit from unfair tax breaks, will be hit with higher taxes. The most fair way would be a flat tax, or maybe a fair tax.

        • I Am Helpy says:

          At least two of Trump’s businesses have applied to increase their intake of foreign workers since the election. Weird, it’s almost like you got duped by a conman.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            You were duped for 8 LOOOONG years, the nightmare is Over!

          • I Am Helpy says:

            Yes, “duped” by all those jobs. I get that the mark is often unwilling to admit they got conned, but the facts remain: 1) you’re a gullible rube, and 2) Trump will do nothing he promised.

        • I Am Helpy says:

          Also, under Obama unemployment halved. It’s now the lowest it’s been since the 1950s. Stop repeating dumb lies.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            Your lying propaganda doesn’t matter any more, Millions of Americans weren’t fooled. Your bs falls on deaf ears.

          • I Am Helpy says:

            That’s the BLS figures. Trump will use the same ones determined by the same methods, as has every previous President. You are a rube.

        • The lucky one says:

          Yes and Trump will keep taking credit for things that he played no role in, to no one’s surprise.

          • PatrickHenry says:

            Maybe you prefer Obama “blaming” everything & everybody for his failed policies?

          • The lucky one says:

            Maybe you can supply some examples because though not an Obama fan I have seen far less of that from him than from those on the right or the netherworld that Trump inhabits.

            trump whines about stuff that hasn’t even happened as when he complained the election was rigged when it looked like he might lose. Of course after he won he wouldn’t consider any evidence of Russian interference, voter suppression or other indications that yes, the election was rigged. Then he whined about not winning the popular vote and claimed that it was rigged by “illegals” voting,

            The guy is a whining thug who makes the typical lying politician look like Honest Abe by comparison.

        • 788eddie says:

          “Trump has been making many phone calls to bussiness people he is
          experienced with from all over the World, to get them to bring their
          business to the US.”

          As IF it were that easy. I guess you, and even I could do that, huh?

          • PatrickHenry says:

            No, not many people have the instincts, experience & balls as Trump to get things actually accomplished. He is a DOER, not a Talker like politicians!

          • 788eddie says:

            Running fast is not the same as actually getting somewhere.

            Please remember that Donald J. Trump also has six bankruptcies to his credit (definitely not something, I’m sure, we want for our country.

  4. FF says:

    It will be so interesting to see how Trump starts talking about the unemployment rate after he’s been in office for awhile. During the campaign, he always stated the number was manipulated and, therefore, bogus. But soon he’ll want to claim credit for it. How could it become legitimate all of the sudden? I also keep hearing the Fox news followers say that 94 million people are still out of work (a favorite talking point of college dropout Sean Hannity), failing to recognize that number includes retirees, students over 16 years old, disabled people who can’t work, and stay-at-home parents. The real number of unemployed is closer to 8 million.

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      Trump is a slimeball. He saved 800 jobs but never once mentioned the 4400 here in NJ he sacked so he could use the money he had to pay them to pay off that FinCEN fine. Who steals money from employees and then uses it to pay off a fine? Trump. That’s who. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg of how he’s used his “charitable trust” funds to pay fines and to pay for his sons safari trips at tens of thousands a pop.

      • InformedVoter says:

        Sorry Elle, but you just can’t seem to get over the facts that President Trump was not responsible for all the NU maladies you like to complain about. You just keep recycling the lies the MSM publishes about President Trump and think that somehow, by repeating lies enough that they’s become truth.

        And the number of jobs President Trump PERSONALLY saved is 5800, not 800! And lest you forget, there are another 50000 jobs from the Softbank deal that he PERSONALLY negotiated.

        In his 8 years in office charlatan in chief Obama PERSONALLY saved or created ZERO jobs. And how many jobs did Obama destroy with his horrible economic policies?

    • dbtheonly says:

      Don’t worry, Hannity will forget that number in about three weeks.

    • InformedVoter says:

      You guys just keep lapping up the lies the charlatan in chief Obama publishes. The “shadow unemployment” number remains over 11%, the same it’s been for the past 10-12 years. Obama’s book-cookers have manipulated the U3/U6 criteria to make these numbers to appear to be falling, but the reality is that they’re just terrible. Even Obama commented, after the MANDATE President Trump received, that they ignored the economy and focused on who’s using bathrooms.
      SO, if the economy is doing so great, then why would Obama make the claim that they ignored the working class concerns about wages, job growth, job security, etc. And HilLIARy, during the primaries stated that the recovery (if you can call it that) was the weakest, slowest, worst recovery in decades.

      BTW, the number of Americans not working is now over 95 million, with record numbers on welfare, food stamps, and financial aid.

      And to show you how low information you guys are, what difference does it make if someone didn’t finish college. Are you naive enough to claim that if someone has multiple degrees that they’re smarter than someone with fewer degrees? That argument will keep earning you the title of low information.

      • FF says:

        Mandate! What mandate??? Almost 3 million more people voted for Hillary. Trump won 3 swing states by only about 80,000 votes which gave him the electoral college win, but in terms of a historic victory it ranks in the bottom quartile of past presidential elections. So, losing the popular vote and getting an underwhelming electoral college win is hardly a mandate. You can verify that for yourself on Fact Check.org. Don’t take my word for it, which I’m pretty sure you won’t.

        • David says:

          Gee, where did that 2.5 million vote advantage for Hillary come from? Ohhh, she won New York and California by 3.5 million votes. Looks like the coastal elites did NOT elect the President!

        • PatrickHenry says:

          Many of those votes came from people in OUR Country Illegally.And many came from big city government dependent Democrats.

        • InformedVoter says:

          304-227 qualifies as a MANDATE. President Trump won 30 states (60%). The margin of victory in the popular vote comes from CA, with 4 million more votes for HiiLIARy. Without CA, President Trump wins the popular vote by 1.5 million!
          Out of the top 6 most populous states, each won 3. Out of the top 10, President Trump won 7!
          The map of the US, showing red vs blue states clearly depicts the country as red. Even the blue states are largely red, when you look at county by county maps.
          Take MI, President Trump officially won by 10704 votes, but the entire state is red except for Detroit and Grand Rapids. Something like 75 out of 83 counties are red.
          The recount in MI showed a large illegal vote for HilLIARy. In Detroit, HilLIARy received more votes than there were registered voters, and that didn’t count the votes for others.

          Yup, no matter how you slice it, it is a MANDATE for President Trump.

          • FF says:

            Happy New Year, Informed Voter! You bring up some interesting points, but regardless of whether the extra votes came from one state or several, the simple fact remains more people voted for Hillary. And there’s been no proof of fraudulent voting, according to even many Replubican election boards. I’ll further research the Detroit issue you raised to satisfy my curiosity. In the meantime, I truly hope your guy does more to unite the country, rather than calling those of us who opposed him his enemies. He really needs to show that he’s not as thin-skinned as he sounds in his many tweets.

          • InformedVoter says:

            There are major flaws in your logic. In Detroit alone, Clinton received 782 more votes than there were voters. And that was only counting 37% of the precincts. So, with the same problems in WI and PA, how many thousands more votes would HilLIARy not have received? Certainly thousands and probably millions!
            And in CA, Obama encouraged illegals to vote. So of the 4 million more votes HilLIARy received in CA, perhaps 3 million are from illegals.
            YES, it has BEEN PROVEN that there was fraudulent voting!

            So, even if more voted for HilLIARy, the margin was due to CA alone. Remove the landslide in CA, and President Trump won the popular vote by 1.5 million.
            No matter how you slice it, President Trump won a MANDATE.

            And why should President Trump go out of his way to reunite the country. Obama, for 8 years, has been the most divisive president in history. As Obama said “elections have consequences” and “I have a pen and phone”. Those statements sure showed he was reaching across the aisle.

          • FF says:

            I checked into the Detroit issue and it was human error in the tallying of the voters who signed the register versus the amount of votes actually cast. So it wasn’t a matter of fraud, but still required a reconciliation of the two different numbers. Please check Snopes.com and search Detroit voting irregularities. They do a good job of explaining it.

            One comment on unifying the country…Trump called himself a great unifier and promised he would bring the country together. Let’s hope he does. You and I could continue this back and forth forever, but to what end? I won’t change your mind, and you won’t change mine. For every point, there’s a counterpoint. Let’s agree to disagree. Over and out.

          • InformedVoter says:

            SNOPES? Snopes and factcheck and politifact and most of the so called fact check sites are only accurate 60% of the time. And when they do error, it’s 80% in favor of the left’s position. SNOPES went to great lengths to try to defuse the Detroit fraud, but the Detroit Free Press, as liberal a news source as you can find, clearly admits it was premeditated tampering by the precincts. The ballot boxes contained only small percentages of the ballots cast and the number of votes HilLIARy was awarded were way too high. The poll workers figured no one would check their criminal actions because they’ve gotten away with it before. The Free Press, believing the numbers the precincts reported early on election day printed a headline proclaiming that HilLIARy not only won MI, but that, with MI’s EC votes, would be elected president. You can imagine their rage when the precincts outside of Detroit started rolling in with landslide numbers for Trump.
            In true lefty fashion, the Detroit Free Press is using this as leverage to replace paper trail ballots with easily hacked electronic systems. I guess they figure they can fraud that system and there would be no way to prove it.
            I enjoyed our little chat.

  5. 788eddie says:

    Donald J. Trump? I’m sorry, but he’s NOT my President.

    I am a registered Republican, but my family raised me in a different moral environment.

    • PatrickHenry says:

      Which moral environment, the corruption of the Clintons, or the corruption of Obama?

      • 788eddie says:

        A moral environment guided by the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Patrick, and one in which i Sincerely hope that you were also raised in.

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