‘That wasn’t very damn nice.’ Carrier union leader provokes heated back-and-forth with Trump

Donald Trump is not going to let anyone get away with saying he “lied his ass off.”

The president-elect slammed Carrier union leader Chuck Jones on Twitter after Jones claimed the billionaire had inflated the number of jobs he saved at Carrier.

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Jones is the president of the United Steelworkers 1999. He told the Washington Post that Trump lied when he said he had saved 1,100 Carrier jobs:

The union leader heard from Carrier that only 730 of the production jobs would stay and 550 of his members would lose their livelihoods, after all.

At the Dec. 1 meeting, where Trump was supposed to lay out the details, Jones hoped he would explain himself.

“But he got up there,” Jones said Tuesday, “and, for whatever reason, lied his a** off.”

The union leader later told CNN’s Erin Burnett that Trump only saved 800 jobs (730 production jobs + 70 office jobs), and that 550 jobs were still going to Mexico.

Twenty minutes after Jones’ interview, Trump bashed the union boss on Twitter, saying he has done a “terrible job” representing workers.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/806660011904614408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ten minutes after Trump’s tweet, an annoyed Jones called into CNN and said, “That wasn’t very damn nice.”

Jones added: “I was just calling him out on some of the things that he was less than honest with, and he evidently didn’t like it.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0Xrt5wFCNA

Burnett remarked that maybe Trump wasn’t upset by Jones’ criticism, but by his inflammatory rhetoric that Trump had “lied his ass off.”

An hour later, at 8:56 pm ET, Trump tweeted the following:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/806678853305384960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Not surprisingly, the reaction on Twitter was mixed, with detractors saying Trump was being immature and thin-skinned.

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But others applauded Trump for his efforts and asked: “How many jobs did Chuck Jones save?”

https://twitter.com/MisanthropeBob/status/806686990246756352

https://twitter.com/Vet4truth2016/status/806689211764117504

https://twitter.com/Americanpride01/status/806687157440147461

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