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President Donald Trump speaks while hosting a breakfast with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. At left is Wendell P. Weeks, Chief Executive Officer of Corning, at right is Alex Gorsky Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

These businesses have pledged job creation in the US, but how much credit can Trump take?


Taking a lyric out of Taylor Swift's songbook, President Donald Trump told business leaders on Monday that in order to avoid facing tax burdens, "All you have to do is stay."

Trump built his campaign around domestic job creation and days into his presidency, he's hammered down on this point. 

But many American businesses' decisions to add or preserve positions in the country were part of earlier plans.  So how much credit he can actually take for these companies deciding to up their investments in the U.S. isn't clear.

American companies are feeling pressure by Trump to bring back jobs from overseas and hire more workers domestically. He's let companies know strengthening America's workforce is his top priority.

On Monday, Trump met with business leaders, firmly warning them to keep jobs stateside. And the push is not limited to any one sector. It affects automakers, utilities, grocers, retailers, and tech.

These businesses have pledged job creation in the US, but how much credit can Trump take?

WATCH |  In the meeting, Trump told business execs, "We want to start making our products again. We don't want to bring them in, we want to make them here."

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President Donald Trump host breakfast with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Since being elected, Trump has repeatedly singled out businesses like Ford and Walmart for their overseas investment plans. Some are updating their plans; others are sticking to their own strategies. Here's a look at where some brands stand.

Miracle Stewart, right, an employee of Amazon PrimeNow, prepares bags to fill with orders from customers making last minute holiday purchases, Wednesday Dec. 21, 2016, at a distribution hub in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)


Amazon will add 100,000 new jobs in the U.S. in the next 18 months. But the news isn't entirely surprising given its recent moves into grocery, fashion, and video.

Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma speaks on "Singles Day" global online shopping festival in Shenzhen, southern China's Guangdong province Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)


Alibaba said the Chinese e-commerce giant would create one million jobs in the U.S. But these wouldn't be traditional jobs, rather businesses setting up online shops on Alibaba.

In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015, file photo, an employee stocks products in the employee shop at the Bayer Pharmaceuticals facility in Whippany, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Bayer and Monsanto

The two pledged to inject $8 billion and add 3,000 jobs in the U.S., if their $66 billion mega-merger goes through. It had been criticized because it would take thousands of jobs abroad.

In this March 16, 2016 file photo, the logo of the German car manufacturer BMW is photographed at a BMWi Vision Future Interaction concept car in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)


The auto sector's global nature makes it a tricky target to criticize. BMW, for example, is expanding in Mexico, but cars being built there would likely take German jobs, not American.

In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra speaks about the financial outlook of the automaker in Detroit. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, GM confirmed the company will make a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,500 jobs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

General Motors (GM) 

GM has pledged to add or save 2,000 jobs in the U.S. Things could get awkward, though, because the nation's largest automaker still carried out earlier announced job cut plans.

Mark Fields, second from the left, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, after business leaders met with President Donald Trump. Standing with Fields, from left are, Alex Gorsky, Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, Jeff Fettig, CEO of Whirlpool, Marillyn Hewson, President and CEO of Lockheed Martin and Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Ford (and Fiat)

Several carmakers have announced expansion plans in the U.S. after the president called them out. Ford canceled plans to expand in Mexico and is instead adding 700 new jobs in Michigan.

Trump thanked Ford for reversing course and has used them as an example for other brands.

The logo of Hyundai Motor Co. is seen on a car displayed at the automaker's showroom in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Hyundai and Kia

The South Korean auto brands are both investing more in America and have floated the idea of opening a new plant. Hyundai will invest $3 billion in the U.S. over the next couple years.

In this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo, IBM headquarters is seen in Armonk, New York. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano, file)

In the tech world...

IBM has promised to hire 25,000 American tech workers in the next four years. However, those plans, as CEO Ginni Rometty has outlined, are in response to an "evolving" workforce

This Tuesday, June 17, 2014, file photo, shows a Kroger store in Houston. Kroger reports financial results Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Kroger and Walmart

Kroger will  fill 10,000 posts this year. But as Reuters notes, these are part of a routine hiring strategy.  Walmart will hire 12,000 new workers (also as part of normal hiring plans).

That said, Walmart has since revealed layoffs affecting 1,000 workers at its headquarters.

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson talks to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lockheed Martin

After Trump called out Lockheed Martin over the cost of one of its new fighter jets, the company said it would add 1,800 jobs in Texas.

In this July 27, 2011, file photo, a Sprint logo is displayed on a store in Homestead, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Sprint and SoftBank

Sprint said it will hire 5,000 U.S. workers. As Fortune notes, the hires are part of an already planned $50 billion U.S. investment by SoftBank Group, which owns a stake in Sprint.

United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence before Pence speaks at Carrier Corp Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

United Technologies

The parent company of appliance maker Carrier has said it will keep jobs in Indiana, rather than move them to Mexico. That said, 700 U.S. workers are still expected to lose their jobs.

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