Trump didn't convince Sprint to bring back 5,000 jobs. But he wants credit for it.

Trump didn't convince Sprint to bring back 5,000 jobs. But he wants credit for it.
Source: AP
Source: AP

Sprint is bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States — and President-elect Donald Trump wants credit for it.

"Because of me they are doing 5,000 jobs in this country," Trump said late Wednesday afternoon at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

But Sprint had already had plans to bring these jobs to the United States. 

The jobs are tied to an October announcement from Japan's SoftBank — Sprint's parent company — and Saudi Arabia's wealth fund, which stated they were launching a $100 billion tech fund together to invest in both start-ups and established tech companies such as Sprint, the New York Times reported.

Still, Trump's announcement late Wednesday afternoon earned him favorable headlines.

And that has critics of the president-elect angry at reporters, who they said merely wrote up Trump's claim without checking its veracity. 

This is not the first time Trump is taking credit for a company's decision.

In November, Trump took credit for Carrier's decision to keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana, rather than move them to Mexico. 

But Carrier had already made that announcement in February. And the company is still moving another 1,000 jobs to Mexico.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Emily C. Singer

Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

MORE FROM

“We’re getting our asses kicked in the elections.” But the new Democratic message may not fix that.

"One three-line slogan is never going to resonate with all the Democrats we see across the country."

Federal judge denies attempt to block election integrity panel from collecting voter data

A judge knocked down the legal challenge that had put the panel's big data request on hold.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe ahead of Drive for Our Lives tour: “Health care is a right”

Progressives are coming out to speak against dismantling Obamacare.

Are Democrats about to repeat Republicans’ mistake on health care?

The party out of power is refusing to coalesce around a single health care plan. Sound familiar?

GOP congressman blames “some female senators” for tanking the health care bill

Rep. Blake Farenthold says if the senators were men he would challenge them to a duel.

Rep. Mo Brooks uses audio from Congressional Baseball Game shooting in political ad

A spokesman for Rep. Steve Scalise — who was critically wounded in the shooting — said the ad is inappropriate.

“We’re getting our asses kicked in the elections.” But the new Democratic message may not fix that.

"One three-line slogan is never going to resonate with all the Democrats we see across the country."

Federal judge denies attempt to block election integrity panel from collecting voter data

A judge knocked down the legal challenge that had put the panel's big data request on hold.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe ahead of Drive for Our Lives tour: “Health care is a right”

Progressives are coming out to speak against dismantling Obamacare.

Are Democrats about to repeat Republicans’ mistake on health care?

The party out of power is refusing to coalesce around a single health care plan. Sound familiar?

GOP congressman blames “some female senators” for tanking the health care bill

Rep. Blake Farenthold says if the senators were men he would challenge them to a duel.

Rep. Mo Brooks uses audio from Congressional Baseball Game shooting in political ad

A spokesman for Rep. Steve Scalise — who was critically wounded in the shooting — said the ad is inappropriate.