Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has claimed that the Americans are living through the "greatest jobs theft" in the history of the world, saying US companies were moving out jobs to countries like India, China, Mexico and Singapore.
"America has lost 70,000 factories since China entered the World Trade Organisation, another Bill and Hillary backed disaster. We are living through the greatest jobs theft in the history of the world. There's never been a country that's lost jobs like we do, so stupidly, so easy to solve," he said while addressing his supporters in Tampa, Florida yesterday.
"Goodrich Lighting Systems laid off 255 workers and moved their jobs to India. Baxter Health Care Corporation laid off 199 workers and moved their jobs to Singapore. Essilor Laboratories laid off 181 workers and moved their jobs, surprise, to Mexico. It's getting worse and worse and worse," he added.
Trump said that his contract with the American voter begins with a plan to end government corruption and to take back the country from the special interests.
"I want the entire, corrupt Washington establishment to hear the words we are about to say. When we win on November 8th, we are going to drain the swamp. Going to do it," he claimed.
The New York-based billionaire said the core of his contract is his plan to bring back jobs that have been stolen, stolen by either very stupid or corrupt politicians.
"Florida has lost one in four of its manufacturing jobs since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a deal signed by Bill Clinton and supported by Hillary," Trump said.
A Trump administration will stop the jobs from leaving America and will stop the jobs from leaving the great state of Florida, he said.
He further claimed that the theft of American prosperity will end quickly and effectively, saying, "if a company wants to fire their workers, leave Florida, move to another country, and then shift their product back into the United States, we will make them pay a tax of 35 per cent".
"They're never going to leave this country. They're never leaving. He knows. They're never going to leave this country. A Trump administration will renegotiate NAFTA. If we don't get the deal we want, we will terminate NAFTA and get a much better deal for our workers," he added.
Slamming his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump said he will immediately stop the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership, claiming it as another disaster in the making that Clinton said is the gold standard.
"Yeah, it's the gold standard for other countries, not for us. The gold standard for the countries that want to be part of that deal.
"As part of our plan to bring back jobs, we're going to lower taxes on American business from 35 per cent to 15 per cent. We're the highest taxed nation in the world, one of the main reasons that they're leaving. We will massively cut taxes for the middle class, also," Trump said.
(With PTI inputs)