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At least that's what the GOP front-runner promised attendees at a rally in South Carolina last night.
You see, the Palmetto State is home to one of Boeing's biggest manufacturing plants.
Trump warned voters that as soon as that plant opens its doors in China, it's "bye, bye, South Carolina."
"Be careful," he said, according to a Yahoo! News report this morning, because Beijing is "making Boeing build this massive plant in China" as a means to secure the metropolis' first-in-line position when more airplane orders need to be filled.
This isn't the first time Trump has sounded off on the dangers of Boeing moving its business overseas…
News of a Boeing factory going up in China first broke last September. That's when the aircraft manufacturer announced the finalization of orders from Chinese companies for $38 billion worth of airplanes, reported Forbes on Sept. 23. This list included:
- 50 wide-body jets, models not named, to be bought by Chinese airlines (also unnamed)
- 190 single-aisle 737s to be bought by the same group of airlines
- 60 more 737s to be bought by the leasing arm of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and by CDB Leasing
Trump warned at the time that the Chinese plant would take jobs away from the United States.
"It won't happen if I'm president, by the way," he told the North Augusta, S.C., crowd last night. His declaration was met with exuberant applause.
Currently, the billionaire businessman maintains a massive lead in the Palmetto State, with a 42% favorability among likely Republican primary voters, according to the latest CBS News/YouGov data released Sunday. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is in second place – well behind "The Donald" – with 20%.
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- Yahoo! News: Trump Warns of Boeing Plant Going to China