Charter's US Investment Pledge Gets Donald Trump Plug

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The topic of the meeting was not immediately clear, but it comes as the cable company moves forward with plans to open its first Spanish-language call center in McAllen.

President Donald Trump appeared at the White House on Friday with Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge to tout the company's plans to hire tens of thousands of new workers, which Charter committed to before the election, and make a $25 billion investment in infrastructure and operations.

But Charter, based in Stamford, Conn., had announced almost identical expansion plans during a conference call with financial analysts in August of past year.

President Donald Trump announced Friday that Charter Communications Inc. just committed to investing $25 billion and hiring 20,000 workers in the USA over the next four years, a decision that was made nearly a year ago before the currant occupant of the White House even won his party's nomination.

When asked if this was the same as the announcement made today, a Charter spokesperson told ThinkProgress, "We have spoken about our plans to hire 20k before but it wasn't a commitment".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer highlighted Charter's commitment to create tens of thousands of "new" jobs, while Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai also took credit.

Charter CEO Thomas Rutledge said his company has been insourcing jobs for five years and, following its recent merging with Time Warner Cable, will now insource all calls that TWC outsourced. The call center will be located in McAllen, a town on the Texas-Mexico border. Charter's total capital expenditure past year, not counting expenses for the merger, was $7.1 billion according to its financial filings.

The $25 billion investment, Venech said, has never been announced. "As Governor, I will continue to work with the Trump administration and all partners to promote policies that create jobs and spur a new chapter in American economic growth". That means that if investments remained at 2016 levels for the next four years, the would invest $28 billion. He said that the spending on infrastructure was "based on the deregulatory policies of the administration and the FCC".

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