Donald Trump is battling hard to keep jobs in the U.S., while the Obama administration is making deals to move American companies to India to build fighter jets.
Before Donald Trump even takes office, the Obama administration and the U.S. defense industry are brokering a deal with the Indian government, and the U.S. companies; Lockheed Martin and Boeing, to build combat jets in India. The jets looking to be manufactured in India would be the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
Both companies will be building factories in India, and Lockheed Martin will move its entire F-16 assembly line from Texas to India, making India the sole producer of the F-16.
The Obama administration has been seeking a greater connection with the Indian military in recent years.
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said she was “optimistic” about the prospect of a deal after a visit to New Delhi in August.”
According to the Washington Post,
“Officials at Lockheed Martin and Boeing said that any partnership to manufacture jets in India would not result in a net loss of American jobs but would create Indian employment — about 1,000 positions in the case of Lockheed Martin. About 300 mechanics on the Fort Worth assembly line would be moved to the F-35 assembly line at the same plant. Others would be given an opportunity to apply for other jobs on the newer F-35, Lockheed officials said, although they concede that some positions would be lost in the move because of attrition or retirements.”
This entire game plan by the Obama administration goes in direct contradiction to everything that President-elect Trump has been trying to do. In one of Trump’s speeches last month he states;
“We are living through the greatest jobs theft in the world,” Trump said, citing American companies that have laid off workers and moved jobs to India, Singapore and Mexico. “It’s getting worse and worse and worse.”
Earnest Boone, president of the District Lodge 776, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents Lockheed employees, said the workers in Fort Worth are very worried about this move and their future.
While Trump is saving American jobs, Obama is working hard to outsource good paying jobs to India.
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