Donald Trump says Ireland is "outsmarting" US over jobs

He specifically bemoaned pharma giant Pfizer's decision to relocate to Dublin...

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Donald Trump took aim at Ireland and Mexico yesterday, complaining that they are "outsmarting" the US by offering incentives for US multinationals to relocate to their countries.

Trump pointed to biopharmaceutical company Pzifer's recent decision to set up their headquarters in Dublin as evidence of why the US should be concerned by Ireland securing jobs from American companies.

The outspoken Republican presidential candidate said in a meeting with the Washington Post's editorial board:

"Other countries are outsmarting us by giving them advantages, you know, like in the case of Mexico. In the case of many other countries.

"Like Ireland is, you’re losing Pfizer to Ireland, a great pharmaceutical company that with many, many jobs and it’s going to move to Ireland".

The comments are the latest sign that Trump in the White House could spell bad news for foreign investment in Ireland.

He has frequently spoken about forcing American companies to return to home soil, directly referencing Apple – who employ some 5,000 people here – when he said:

"We're gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries."

In broader terms, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked a Trump presidency as the sixth-biggest risk currently facing the world last week, criticising his "hostile attitude to free trade, and alienation of Mexico and China in particular, could escalate rapidly into a trade war".