- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump announced Tuesday a commitment from Japan’s SoftBank to invest $50 billion in the United States, creating an estimated 50,000 jobs.

Mr. Trump emerged from the elevator at Trump Tower with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son to greet reporters and announce the deal with the telecommunications firm.

“He is one of the great men of industry,” Mr. Trump said, introducing Mr. Son to the reporters in the lobby. “One of the truly great men.”

It was the second time Tuesday that Mr. Trump surprised reporters by strolling into the lobby and making a statement.

Mr. Trump received the commitment from SoftBank during a day otherwise occupied with interviewing candidates for Cabinet posts.

Mr. Son said that he came to Trump Tower to congratulate Mr. Trump on his election victory.

“I just came to celebrate his new job,” Mr. Son said. “I said, ‘This is great, the U.S. will become great again.”

He said that SoftBank would create jobs by investing $50 billion in start-up companies in the U.S.

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