On the campaign trail in 2016, Donald Trump promised to save manufacturing in the U.S. and keep American jobs on American soil. Yet, The Guardian reports that since his inauguration almost 200,000 U.S. jobs have gone overseas.
Research by Good Jobs Nation revealed that in the first two years of Trump’s presidency, 14,444 jobs were moved out of the country by the top 100 U.S. federal contractors. This rate of outsourcing has surpassed the rate when Obama was president and most of the time Bush was president, except for when the recession hit in 2008.
In June, the General Electric plant in Salem, Virginia announced that it would be shutting down. The jobs that were previously in Salem will now be shifted to India.
As employees leave the plant on their last day, they feel as though they’ve been lied to by Trump.
“I believed it. I thought he was going to save some jobs. He pulled the wool right over our eyes and he’s still doing it till this day,” says 58-year-old Susan Cropper. Cropper worked at a Carrier plant in Indiana for over three decades before the plant closed last year.
On the campaign trail, Trump boated, “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
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