Abbott, Trump praise Charter Communications plan at White House

Governor Greg Abbott today visited the White House where he joined President Donald J. Trump and Charter Communications Chair and CEO Tom Rutledge to announce Charter’s commitment to bring thousands of jobs back to America from overseas. (NBC News)
Governor Greg Abbott today visited the White House where he joined President Donald J. Trump and Charter Communications Chair and CEO Tom Rutledge to announce Charter’s commitment to bring thousands of jobs back to America from overseas. (NBC News)

AUSTIN (TEXAS TRIBUNE/AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott met with President Donald Trump Friday at the White House.

Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge announced a plan to hire 20,000 American workers over the next four years and invest $25 billion in the future. Rutledge says that the company will return the call center jobs acquired through Time Warner Cable to the United States, opening a new call center in McAllen and hiring 600 workers there.

Trump says the plans will be great for American workers. The president is telling Rutledge, “you watch, it will be one of your really fantastic decisions.”

“Texas is number one in the nation for job creation because of the pro-business climate that we have,” Abbott said. “We have the right workforce to take care of the needs like Charter Communications. This is a win-win. It’s a win for the president, it’s a win for Charter, it’s a win for the great state of Texas.”

Abbott’s meeting with Trump also comes the same day the U.S. House is expected to vote on Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare after postponing the vote Thursday. Abbott said Thursday he was “very closely” watching the debate over the legislation.

Parts of this article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/23/abbott-meet-trump-white-house/

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