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Pence reportedly takes lead on Carrier negotiations

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence is mainly handling the Trump administration’s negotiations to keep a Carrier air conditioning plant in Indianapolis, according to a Friday report from CNBC.

{mosads}Carrier announced earlier this year it would move the factory to Monterrey, Mexico, eliminating 1,400 jobs by 2019, and on Thursday, Donald Trump tweeted that he was “working hard, even on Thanksgiving” to get the company to stay in the U.S.

“While President-elect Trump is tweeting, the actual negotiations I’m being told are really being handled more by Vice President-elect Pence,” a CNBC reporter said. “You would imagine that would be the case, given he was the governor of Indiana where this factory is based.”

On the campaign trail, Trump threatened to call executives at the company and hit them with high tariffs on any furnaces and air conditioners imported from Mexico.

CNBC said there is progress being made on both sides, but that a deal is not yet finalized or guaranteed.

Earlier this month, Trump implied he had a hand in preventing Ford from moving a factory from Kentucky to Mexico.

 

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