Boeing laying off 200 employees Trump used for ‘Buy American’ campaign stop
After promoting the number of jobs he was saving as president, Donald Trump’s visit to a South Carolina Boeing plant didn’t make a difference in the jobs of 200 workers.
Trump made the trip in February as part of his “Buy America pledge.” He announced the debut of Boeings 787-10 and touted his influence over keeping jobs in the United States. However, The Post and Courier reported the cuts are coming as part of a nationwide attempt to cut costs.
“We are all aware of the need to be more competitive in a relentlessly challenging industry,” Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said in a memo to employees Thursday. “While we understand the business need, it doesn’t make this action any easier.”
“As your president, I’m going to do everything I can to unleash the power of the American spirit and to put our great people back to work,” Trump said during his visit. “It has to be much easier for manufacturers in our country, and much harder [for them] to leave.”
Earlier in his presidency, it was announced that the Currier plant Trump visited in Indianapolis, Indiana would be laying off 600 employees, despite tax cuts and subsidies from then-Gov. Mike Pence and Trump’s influence in encouraging jobs to stay in the U.S.