President-elect Trump says Carrier worker ‘happy’ after new deal

INDIANAPOLIS -- President-elect Donald Trump was back in the Midwest holding campaign-style events Thursday.

He began his victory lap in Indianapolis with a tour of the Carrier Corporation's plant, where he says he saved more than a thousand jobs from moving to Mexico.

“You have a lot of people leaving and you have to understand we can’t allow this to happen anymore with our country,” he told the crowd.

It’s an early win for the president-elect, who campaigned promising to keep manufacturing jobs here in the U.S.

Trump says the Carrier workers he met with today showed him love.

“They’re so happy,” he said. “They’re going to have a great Christmas. That’s most important.”

In February, the heating and air conditioning company announced it would shut down the Indianapolis plant and move jobs to Mexico. During the campaign, the president-elect pledged to save the factory.

Jeffery Blackford is a Carrier worker who gets to keep his job.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do. I couldn’t go back out into the workforce at my age and try to get a job,” he said.

Under the deal, Carrier will receive $7 million in incentives from the state of Indiana.

Trump says he wants to make more deals like this, but if a business still wants to move overseas, he will go after them.

“Companies are not going to leave the United States anymore without consequences. It’s not going to happen,” he said.

Not everyone is celebrating the deal. Some conservatives say this is big government meddling in the free market, while some liberals say the incentives amount to a corporate subsidy.