Donald Trump announced on Wednesday what was supposedly a new deal to bring 5,000 Sprint jobs back to the United States over the next several years.
The only problem? Those jobs were part of a previously-announced deal from Japan’s SoftBank to create 50,000 jobs in the U.S.
Sprint confirms to me what we suspected: the “5,000 jobs announced today are part of the 50,000 jobs that Masa previously announced”
— Tony Romm (@TonyRomm) December 29, 2016
In the same announcement on Wednesday, Trump also said that startup OneWeb will be hiring 3,000 Americans in 2017. According to MarketWatch, though, those 3,000 jobs “can also be credited to SoftBank.”
Though Trump’s announcement today was nothing new and he was just trying to take credit for jobs that would have likely been created without his election, the media was quick to run with it and give the president-elect a positive headline.
The jobs Trump announced today were announced by Sprint back in April. Today every major outlet gave Trump the headline. https://t.co/8hTUXWIiN5
— Nick Spencer (@nickspencer) December 29, 2016
If you’re keeping score at home, the number of new jobs Trump helped add to the economy today wasn’t 8,000, as he and many in the media claimed; it was zero.
If anything, the last couple of months has given us a big taste of what the future Trump presidency will be like – a lot of smoke and mirrors and very little actual substance.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.