(Recasts, adds details about Trump's Thanksgiving dinner)
By Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTON Nov 24 U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump spent the Thanksgiving holiday at
his Mar-a-Lago resort on Thursday, dining with his family at the
Florida golf club after revisiting a campaign pledge he made
about restoring American manufacturing.
Trump, known for his use of Twitter to drive political
debate, tweeted about an Indiana air conditioner maker he
featured in his election campaign as an emblem of trade deals he
said were unfavorable to American workers.
Trump, who has not been seen in public since arriving in
Florida on Tuesday, said he was "working hard, even on
Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the
U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon!"
Carrier Corp, a division of United Technologies Corp
, responded on Twitter that the company has had
"discussions with the incoming administration" but had "nothing
to announce at this time." A representative for the company had
no additional comment.
Earlier this year, the company said it would move 1,400 jobs
to Mexico from Indiana, giving a three-year timetable for the
The state's Republican governor, Mike Pence - later picked
by Trump as his vice-presidential running mate - decried the
decision, and spoke out against it often on the campaign trail.
Trump made Carrier's decision part of his rallying cry
against the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and
Mexico. He said he would slap taxes on the company's air
conditioners shipped back to the United States.
Asked by Reuters last week whether the company was
reconsidering its decision given Trump's victory in the Nov. 8
election over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the company said in a
statement it was "making every effort" to help its Indiana
employees during the shift.
"By providing three years advance notice of the move and by
funding education and retraining programs for up to four years
after the move is complete, we are providing employees with both
time and opportunity to help them to make a smooth transition,"
the company said.
Carrier also cited an agreement it had reached with the
United Steelworkers union about compensation for affected
Trump's Thanksgiving comments on Carrier were reminiscent of
remarks he tweeted last week about Ford Motor Co, a
company he criticized during the campaign for shifting some
production lines to Mexico.
When Ford informed Trump it would not shift production of a
Lincoln sport utility vehicle to Mexico from Kentucky, he took
to Twitter to say he saved the plant, although the company had
never considered moving the whole factory south of the border.
"I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in
Kentucky," Trump tweeted, referring to Ford's executive
Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, has been interviewing
candidates for his Cabinet and other top White House positions.
He and Pence have held more than 60 such meetings since the
He did not announce any new decisions on Thursday.
A spokeswoman said he was spending the evening with family
members. "They recognize how precious this kind of time is, and
look forward to an evening together to celebrate and count their
many blessings," the spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said.
They dined in the Mar-a-Lago club, where the menu included a
choice of four chilled seafoods, "Mr. Trump's Wedge Salad,"
devilled eggs, traditional turkey and stuffing, lamb, beef and
sea bass. Among the eight desserts: "Three Layer Trump Chocolate
Trump announced two picks on Wednesday for his Cabinet -
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as U.S. ambassador to the
United Nations, and wealthy Republican donor and school choice
advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department.
Both are subject to Senate confirmation.
Major choices for the Pentagon, State Department and
Treasury are still to come.
Trump's State Department deliberations have spurred debate
within his inner circle - particularly his consideration of Mitt
Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and businessman who
ran against Democratic President Barack Obama in the 2012
Romney would be a comforting pick for establishment
Republicans. But hardline Trump backers believe he should be
disqualified because he called Trump a "fraud" during the
Republican nominating race and urged Republicans to stop him
from becoming their candidate for the 2016 election.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump's senior adviser, said on Thursday
she was on the receiving end of a "deluge of social media &
private comms" about the Romney option, noting being "loyal" was
a positive attribute for the job.
Trump and Pence were "spending significant time" on the
secretary of state pick, spokesman Jason Miller told reporters
before the Thanksgiving break.
"They'll be looking for things like chemistry, experience, a
similar vision into what the president-elect and vice president
elect are trying to do with this administration," Miller said.
(Additional reporting by Nick Carey in Chicago; Editing by
Frances Kerry and Peter Cooney)