Totally biased @NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS. Ask top CEO's of those companies for real facts. Came back because of me!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
"Bayer AG has pledged to add U.S. jobs and investments after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, the latest in a string..." @WSJ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
No wonder the Today Show on biased @NBC is doing so badly compared to its glorious past. Little credibility!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017
NBC’s Today show aired a segment Wednesday morning that appeared to question whether President-elect Donald Trump has really created the jobs he’s claimed since his election in November. In it, Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent, said companies he’s heard from maintain Trump’s impact on job creation is “very small or non-existent.” Companies, Melber said, make decisions about jobs after deliberating for “months if not years. … [The decisions] are not responses to a couple of days of internet attention.”
Trump’s campaign pledge, “Make America Great Again,” is predicated on bringing jobs back to the U.S.—or at least keeping them here. He’s used his bully pulpit, Twitter, to target companies that had planned to move jobs to Mexico and other places—and threatened to impose import taxes on finished goods that are brought back to the U.S. And Trump has claimed results: He’s said the CEOs of companies such as Carrier, Ford, GM, and others have changed their minds about moving jobs overseas, and, indeed, are creating thousands of jobs in the U.S. after either meeting with him or under pressure from him.
Trump found a news report he didn’t like, labeled it “FAKE NEWS,” and accused the network that ran it of bias. Although it is true that companies have announced they are keeping jobs in the U.S., it’s also true that some of the jobs that are being touted were in the works for a long time. Having said that, Ford’s CEO Mark Fields told NPR Trump’s tweets against the company, as well as his stated economic policies, did have an effect.
“I can't give you an exact percentage, but clearly it was a factor,” he said. “We have a president-elect who said very clearly he wants to create a more positive business environment for manufacturing here in the U.S., wants to create pro-growth policies, whether it's through tax reform or regulatory reform and those things matter.”
CEOs who are seeking to avoid Trump’s tweets, which have caused temporary drops in the value of several stocks, are unlikely to want to contradict the president-elect’s claims. And indeed it’s in their interest to make it seem Trump was responsible for their decisions. For example, Trump, in his broadside against NBC, also cited a Wall Street Journal report about Bayer’s announcement it would create U.S. jobs after meeting the president-elect. But that, as Nick Timiraos, the paper’s national economics correspondent, pointed out on Twitter, comes as the German chemical giant seeks regulatory approval for a merger with Monsanto, the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant. He added: