President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday announced the creation of 8,000 new private-sector jobs in the United States, including 5,000 that he says telecommunications company Sprint Corp. will be bringing back from “other countries.”
“We just had some very good news,” Trump told the transition press pool. “Because of what is happening and the spirit and the hope, 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 have taken them from other countries.”
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son met with Trump earlier this month and pledged to invest $50 billion in the U.S. and create 50,000 new jobs, a promise for which Trump has taken credit. SoftBank owns Sprint.
Trump gave Son a shoutout in his announcement. “Masa and some other people were very much involved in that, so I want to thank them,” the president-elect said.
Sprint in January announced the layoffs of more than 2,500 people, largely at customer-service call centers throughout the U.S.
Trump also said satellite manufacturer OneWeb would be hiring 3,000 people. SoftBank this month reached a deal with OneWeb to provide the upstart company $1.2 billion in funding.
“So we have a combination of Sprint with 5,000 jobs and that’s coming from all over the world they are coming back from the United States, which is a nice change, and also OneWeb,” Trump said.
Sprint said in a statement that the jobs would be created in various parts of the organization, including customer service and sales.
“We are excited to work with President-elect Trump and his administration to do our part to drive economic growth and create jobs in the U.S.,” Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in a statement. “We believe it is critical for business and government to partner together to create more job opportunities in the U.S. and ensure prosperity for all Americans.”
OneWeb couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
The announcement Wednesday is the most recent in a line of business investments for which Trump has taken credit, although it is unclear precisely what role he played in the companies’ decisions.
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