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Trump Falsely Claims Credit For 5,000 Sprint Jobs

President-elect Donald Trump announced on Dec. 28 that Sprint was going to create 5,000 jobs because of his actions, even though the jobs are part of a 50,000-job package that was previously announced.

Trump told journalists outside his Florida resort that SoftBank (Sprint's parent company) Chairman Masayoshi "Masi" Son and others were behind the jobs, which Trump also took credit for, reports Bloomberg Politics:

Because of what’s happening and the spirit and the hope I was just called by the head people at Sprint and they’re going to be bringing 5,000 jobs back to the United States. Masa and some other people were very much involved with that ... I just spoke with the head person. He said because of me they’re doing 5,000 jobs in this country.

Engadget notes that SoftBank announced back in October they were putting $100 million into a tech-investment fund, which is going to pay for the new jobs.

A Sprint spokeswoman told the tech news site on Dec. 28 that the 5,000 new jobs were part of the previous deal: "This is part of the 50,000 jobs that Masa previously announced. ... This total will be a combination of newly created jobs and bringing some existing jobs back to the U.S."

Despite the statement from Sprint, Engadget notes that Sprint played along with Trump's fictitious account on Dec. 28.

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure tweeted: "Just spoke w/ [Trump] about @Sprint turnaround & bringing 5k jobs back to America to strengthen the economy."

Trump undercut his own Dec. 28 announcement by tweeting on Dec. 6: "Masa (SoftBank) of Japan has agreed to invest $50 billion in the U.S. toward businesses and 50,000 new jobs...."

Trump and Claure did not mention that a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund was part of the investment with SoftBank in the tech fund.

Trump repeatedly attacked Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the election because the Clinton Foundation accepted donations from Saudi Arabia.

Sources: Bloomberg Politics, Engadget, Donald J Trump/Twitter / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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