In a series of posts on Twitter today, Donald Trump gave plenty of fodder for pundits and politicians or the left and right when he suggested that there will be “retribution” and a 35% tax imposed on American companies that go offshore to produce their products. During his presidential campaign, Trump made it clear that he opposed, for example, the opening of a Ford Motor Co. plant in Mexico.

Most recently, he claimed a victory in Indiana where he persuaded the Carrier air conditioning company to keep 1,100 in the U.S. rather than shipping the law out to Mexico. The state of Indiana provided $7 million in tax incentives to keep Carrier.

In his tweets, Trump wrote: “The U.S. is going to substantially reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, iw s WRONG! There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies want to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border. This tax will make leaving financially difficult, but these companies are able to move between all 50 states, with no tax or tariff being charged. Please be forewarned prior to making a very expensive mistake! THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS”

Some of Trump’s harshest critics are Republicans. Among them is Tea Party darling Sarah Palin, a former GOP vice-presidential candidate, who called out Trump for what she termed “crony capitalism.” Another critic is Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) who asserted that Trump’s threatened tax will make domestic prices higher for consumers in the U.S. Sasse tweeted today, "Pres-Elect Trump means well, but won't his 35% tariff idea raise prices on American families? How would it not be a new 35% tax on families?"

In another tweet, Trump criticized Indiana-based ball-bearing manufacturer Rexnord for a planned move to Mexico. "Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers," Trump wrote. "This is happening all over our country. No more!"



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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