Friday, President Trump tweeted out a message and video that not only served as yet another distraction technique, but also sought again to take credit where credit isn’t due.
The second largest cable company in the United States, Charter Communications, decided recently to eliminate its offshore calling centers and move them back to the U.S. Interestingly, this decision was made prior to the Trump inauguration and with very little to absolutely no connection to the Trump presidency, yet here Trump is, blasting it across Twitter like a banner of accomplishment.
‘Today, I was thrilled to announce a commitment of $25 BILLION & 20K AMERICAN JOBS over the next 4 years. THANK YOU Charter Communications!’
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
Hilariously, Trump’s predecessor — arguably the best jobs president in modern history, Barack Obama, is the one who set in motion changes to the economy that permitted Charter Communications to make such a monumental decision.
While it is great to see them getting national recognition, it is absolutely intolerable that President Trump would exploit their decision to make himself look better, especially while the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is being debated and will be voted on in approximately one hour. He really is trying to execute some sloppy slight-of-hand here. One hand (his twitter hand) is showing us, “Hey America look at me making your life better with jobs” while the other hand is literally trying to permit the deaths of millions of people by revoking healthcare.
Even the announcement from Charter regarding the job increase is not new. Back in October, under President Barack Obama, Charter Communications acknowledged their intention to add 20,000 jobs after acquiring Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. In February, they provided even more detail and described that specifically Time Warner call centers would be moved to U.S. soil, and it would hire the 20,000 workers to staff this within 4 years.
In terms of the billion of dollars in investment Trump touted, that figure is entirely related to improving broadband infrastructure. So while yes, an investment in infrastructure is an investment in infrastructure and it indicates a commitment to keeping the company’s jobs in America, it is an influx of money to garner them more profits – their entire point is to try to increase the number of potential customers on high-speed internet.
Feature Image screengrab via Twitter.