Trump Team Responds After Palin Calls Carrier Deal “Crony Capitalism”


President-elect Donald Trump’s deal with Carrier to keep over 1,000 jobs in Indiana has been widely praised by the American people, but several economists and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have repeatedly criticized the deal.

Palin made waves when she penned an op-ed for Young Conservatives in which she decried “crony capitalism” and argued against the government intervening to keep businesses in the country.

The Trump team has been playing defense against these remarks, arguing that this wasn’t the government forcing a company to stay, but rather a negotiation to eliminate some of the regulations and taxes that have forced businesses to leave, Politico reported.

“Well, you see, we don’t really see it as paying off a company to stay. I think what we’re going to try to do in the administration is by lowering taxes, Chris, and reducing some of the regulatory environment in the country, the cost of doing business in the United States will be a lot cheaper,” Trump transition team executive committee member Anthony Scaramucci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

Trump’s economic plan included massive tax cuts for businesses and repealing of regulations, but also some stricter penalties for leaving America just to find cheaper labor in Mexico, The Washington Post reported.

While there were some tax breaks offered to Carrier as part of the deal, much of it also relied upon Carrier executives having faith that the Trump administration would carry out the promised tax cuts and rolling back of regulation.

Ultimately what everyone on both sides of this argument needs to remember is that it is the American people who will ultimately be the judge of this deal.

Politico noted that a Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 60 percent of Americans approved of the deal — an incredibly high number, and one that bodes well for President Trump’s popularity.

Ultimately, as Palin wrote, we just have to “have faith” in the Trump administration for now — particularly since the president-elect isn’t even in office yet.

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