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Reich: Trump Is Being 'Petty,' Spells Trouble For U.S.

| by Lauren Briggs

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich blasted Donald Trump on Dec. 7 for his reactions to criticism, cautioning the president-elect that his behavior could lead to serious national and international problems.

"Let me just say, because Donald Trump is probably watching right now, let me just say: With all due respect, Mr. Trump, you are the president-elect of United States," Reich, who served as labor secretary for President Bill Clinton, told CNN's Anderson Cooper during an interview. "You are looking and acting as if you are mean and petty, thin-skinned and vindictive. Stop this. This is not a fireside chat. This is not what [President Franklin Delano Roosevelt] did."

Reich also addressed an exchange between Trump and United Steelworkers Local 1999 President Chuck Jones, in which the president-elect said that Jones "has done a terrible job" leading workers, after Jones told CNN's Erin Burnett that Trump is "lying his a** off" about saving 1,100 Carrier jobs from moving from Indiana to Mexico.

"We have a lot of our members, when word was coming out... they thought they would have a job," Jones said, according to CNN Money. "Then they found out Friday, that most likely they weren't."

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He went on to say that 550 jobs at one plant and 700 jobs at another would still move to Mexico.

Reich called out Trump for his response to Jones, saying that the president-elect wants "nobody to criticize" him.

"You take offense at [criticism]," Reich said on Cooper's program. "Well you are going to be president very shortly. You are going to have at you command not just Twitter but also the CIA, the IRS, the FBI. If you have this kind of thin-skinned vindictiveness attitude toward anybody who criticizes you we are in very deep trouble, and, sir, so are you."

Trump also drew criticism from Reich and others after commenting on the new Air Force fleet that Boeing is constructing, saying that the costs are "out of control" and that suggesting that he would end the contract.

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Reich said that a president should be "lifting people up" and that Trump is falling short.

"This is actually penalizing people for speaking their minds," the former Clinton administration official added of the disputes with Jones and Boeing.

Sources: CNN, CNN Money, Donald Trump/Twitter / Photo Credit: Dan Orton/Wikimedia Commons

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