Donald Trump is proving to be a savy negotiator in the eyes of many. When Trump, the United States President-elect helped broker a deal (courtesy of USA Today) that will save 1,000 jobs at Carrier Corp, it was a sign of how he intends on running the country. It must be noted that Donald Trump has an extensive history with Carrier Corp.
The Inquisitr has learned that Donald Trump sued the Indiana-based Carrier Corp in 2007. Details of the lawsuit filed by Donald Trump can be found here (courtesy of Leagle.com).
During the fall of 2007, Donald Trump filed a complaint on behalf of his company, Trump International Hotel and Tower. According to his complaint, the counts against Carrier Corp included breach of warranty and breach of contract.
The complaint alleges that Carrier Corp was responsible for the inspection, repairing, and maintenance for two large air conditioning units. Those units were described as 700-ton air chillers. Trump sought out two sets of damages — one for $129,495.15, which would cover the cost for repairs. The second claim was for $476,945.21. That was the cost of the temporary air conditioning unit Donald Trump claims was installed.
Attorneys for Carrier Corp filed several motions to the courts in an attempt to get the counts dismissed. Of the three causes for action made by Donald Trump, Carrier Corp was only successful at having one of their motions granted.
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump was the first to reveal the news regarding the President-elect’s 2007 lawsuit against Carrier Corp.
It is a bit ironic that Donald Trump would be able to strike a deal with the same company he once sued. When reached for comments, Scott Dworkin, Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition Against Trump was not shocked.
“It is not surprising that President-elect Trump once tried to sue the company that he is now interested in saving. It is clear that President-elect Trump is, and always has been, interested in doing what will benefit one person, and one person only: himself.”
Is it safe to say that Donald Trump has looked out for his own business interests since becoming the President-elect? That depends on who you ask.
Trump has proven to be every bit of the businessman he has advertised himself to be. Making a deal with Carrier Corp to save over 1,000 jobs may have solidified his claim. But it is still too soon to determine how Trump will be once he is officially sworn in as president of the United States.
Some will argue that is was former Indiana governor and Vice President-elect Mike Pence who deserves credit for brokering the deal. What may matter most is why did Donald Trump get involved with Carrier Corp to negotiate a deal in the first place.
It must be pointed out that Donald Trump has investments with Carrier Corp’s parent company, United Technologies Corp.
The Indy Star revealed back in May that Trump received between $2,501 and $5,000 in interest from his investment with United Technologies. Trump may have thought about his investments when the deal with Carrier Corp was made.
It is a far cry from when Donald Trump was on the campaign trail. He went after Carrier Corp, among others with some pointed words during a rally in Evansville, Indiana.
“Carrier and Ford and Nabisco need to know that there are consequences to leaving and firing people. You can’t just go to another country and make products to sell across our weak borders.”
We will have to wait and see if Donald Trump goes after Nabisco and Ford, if and when the loss of jobs take place. He made several promises on the campaign trail. And on the surface it appears that he is already off to the start he envisioned. Whether his intentions are in the right place or not remains to be seen.
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