this is "nightline." >> tonight, victory lap. president-elect trump kicking off his thank you tour with a surprise announcement. >> mad dog mad us as our secretary of defense. >> meanwhile hundreds of families celebrating i as carrier vows to keep over 1,000 jobs from going to mexico, but at what cost? a $7 million tax break that some are calling corporate welfare. plus scientology and the after math. leah remini speaking out on her former church. >> i'm not going to be intimidated. >> with a new documentary series. her teenage years serving the religion, and what happened at
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good evening. thank you for joining us. president-elect trump launching his thank you tour in cincinnati tonight with a major cabinet announcement after celebrating a win in indiana. at what cost? is america first good for the rest of the economy? here's david wright. >> reporter: the president-elect appears to be basking in his new job. >> i'm h reason, to say thank you to ohio. >> reporter: tonight addressing a rally in cincinnati where he surprised the crowd by letting them in on a cabinet pick. his choice for secretary of defense, james mattis, former head of the u.s. central command. >> we're not announcing it until monday, so don't tell anybody. mad dog. he's great.
a bit less exalted than running the pentagon. >> we're saving the jobs at the carrier plant from going to mexico. 1,100 jobs. this morning in indianapolis we met some of the workers. among them, paul roll and his family who feel like they've won the lottery. >> i'm pretty excited. i'm looking forward to going to work today. >> reporter: he's been working at the local carrier furnace plant since he was 18 >> we get to keep our home. we don't have to move. >> reporter: a job that until today he thought he was about to lose. >> i love you. i'll see you after work. >> reporter: earlier this year carrier threatened to close his plant and move 1400 jobs to mexico. >> we just didn't see any hope of our jobs being saved. >> reporter: the announcement from management captured on camera from one of his
from our plant. >> reporter: a punch to the gut for these workers, but today at that same plant president-elect was here to tell them he saved the day. the inauguration still more than a month away. donald trump was already celebrating the first big victory of his administration. >> companies are not going to leave the united states anymore without co >> reporter: trump's triumph today means for now paul's job is safe. this is a good day? >> a great day. >> reporter: good christmas this year? >> very good. >> reporter: during the primary campaign trump was the first candidate to seize on the carrier closing telling the crowds at his rallies he'd call the ceo personally. >> it's not presidential for the president of the united states to call up the head of carrier, hello, this is the president,
it's so much fun for me. i love doing it. >> reporter: some vowed to make carrier an offer they couldn't refuse. >> every single unit in mexico and sell in the united states, we're going to put a 35 % tax on that unit and i hope it works out well for you, folks. >> reporter: fast forward to today. >> donald trump did just what he said he would do. he picked up the phone. >> reporter: carrier gets $7 million in state tax breaks over the next ten years. in exc manufacturing jobs at the plant here in indianapolis along with 3 00 or so white collar jobs that were never scheduled to move, but carrier and its parent company still plan to move 1300 jobs to mexico. half of them from this plant, half from another plant in huntington, indiana. >> it remains to be scene. is donald trump going to call company by company to try to get all jobs where companies have threatened to move to another country to outsource?
for the president of the united states, but he made this promise on the campaign trail, and he kept it. >> reporter: outside today's event we met some of the huntington workers. trump voters shut out of today's celebration. >> i don't understand how they can save these jobs and move north to save those too. >> reporter: right. do you feel let down by trump? >> right now i do. >> reporter: the problem is that the situation at carrier is not by any means unique. in fact, it's happening all across the rust belt. right now we've headed about a mile away from carrier to a plant that's going through exactly the same thing. this plant has been here for 40 plus year, they manufacture steel barings. just a couple months ago, the management here announced plans to close this factory and shift all 350 jobs to mexico. among the workers set to lose their jobs, these guys.
closures. >> reporter: where did those go? >> 80% to china. >> reporter: these business models. >> moving these jobs out of the country may look good on wall street, but it looks like hell from main street. >> reporter: they have lost 5 million jobs since 2000, partly to jobs being moved overseas as a result of nafta and other trade agreements technologies taking over assembly line work that used to be done by humans. today at the local union hall they were thankful trump seems to have saved hundreds of steel worker jobs but concerned about the bigger picture. >> we're appreciative of the work. there's still 13 00 jobs from carrier that's going to mexico. trump didn't say that today. >> right now there's about 4,000 jobs in indiana alone going to
in our state right now. >> reporter: 4,000? >> when's the bleeding going to stop? >> reporter: he's now set a precedent for tax breaks. will every company will lining up for a handout? >> the president should in the be picking winners and losers. >> reporter: economists point out the u.s. has tried this before. trying to pressure companies to save high-paying jobs in the depression. >> donald trump is an economic no stal gist. he thinks keeping the jobs of the past is the path to proser thety. >> reporter: that's a problem for another day. he got some priceless out of this politically. >> what mattered was that donald trump was able to prove at least now that he could follow through on a promise. this buys him a lot of political capital.
wasn't all good news for the workers, there was reason to celebrate. remember that viral video that started the whole conversation? >> to move production from our facility in indianapolis to monterey, mexico. >> reporter: this woman is the one who shot it. she had no idea how it would end up. did you ever think that small action would save all these jobs? >> and i really didn't -- >> reporter: you saved your own job? >> i said it before. it's part of god's plan. >> reporter: i think a lot of your co-workers are saying thank god. >> it's really because of him. the position that our president-elect has right now, i feel god put him in that position. >> reporter: the way she sees it, trump hasn't even taken office yet, but already he's doing the lord's work. i'm david wright for "nightline"
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she's been warning others to stay away and sharing her stories from the inside. here's dan harris. >> impl going to tell these stories in hopes that people wake up and go, okay, somebody needs to do something about this. >> reporter: leah remini, a small screen star with a large personality, says she's now on a mission to expose the inner workings of the religion in which she was raised. >> i'm not going to be intimidated. the church will get exposed, and i'm not going to >> reporter: remny's running battle with the church of scientology reaching a whole new level this week with the airing of the first episode of her documentary, leah remini, scientology and the aftermath. she follows other former members of the church and tells their story. >> i hope that this project at least validates your pain is real. >> reporter: her public feud with scientology began in 2013
escalated last year with the release of her book "troublemaker" where she described her life within scientology. the church said the book was a pathetic quest to get publicity. as for her new show, the church says it's full of lies and doomed to be a cheap reality tv show, saying it is sad that leah remini wishes to exploit for money those who tirelessly worked to help her when no one el behavior. adding she needs to stop blaming the church. >> she needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money. >> reporter: she is now demanding $1.5 million from the church for what she tells the hollywood reporter is a response to the horrific and letters they sent about me. they were trying to stop the show from happening. they were trying to disparage my name. >> when you start plp blp with
stop too. >> reporter: i sat down with her last year. she described the power and allure to the church for her when she joined as a child. >> reporter: as a kid looking around and comparing herself to others n to be part of a faith where you had a mission to save -- >> the planet. >> reporter: when she was a teenager her mom a devoted scientologist enrolled her in the uniform full-time religious order of the church. leah and her family church's spiritual head quarters in clear water, florida called the flag land base. >> they provide room and board and you work there and sign a billion year contract. >> reporter: a billion year contract? >> yes. >> reporter: you as a child signed it? >> correct. >> reporter: scientologists believe in reincarnation and expect people to keep working for the church after they come back. what kind of work were you
laundry room to working industrial sanders. >> reporter: industrial sanders? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: the church says children are no longer admitted there. and leah with us disz missed for her inability to maintain the ethical standards as far as from thatter in aization, and she petitioned to stay but failed. after she left she and her family stayed in the church and moved to los angeles, and that is where she launched her career scoring small roles in tv shows like "cheers". >> you're pregnant. >> i am. >> reporter: "saved by the bell", and "nypd blue". how helpful was scientology in terms of getting your acting career started? >> there are tools that are helpful to you in your life, to you as an actor. i walked into a room where some
casting director, i wasn't. >> reporter: that confidence paid off when she lande the role on "king of queens" which she says the church used as its advantage. >> now not only am a celebrity but i've also become a leader in my church. >> reporter: she first started to question scientologist in 2006 at the wedding of tom cruise and katie hoes lopez and mark anthony. she says church officials to be their tom cruise to a level that made her uncomfortable. she also said there were efforts to separate her from jennifer lopez by having them travel in separate vehicles and sit at different tables. >> i could only assume because
barring that road. >> reporter: the church said in regards to the wedding every claim she has made is not only untrue but ridiculous and stupid. for her part, leah says what she saw at that wedding was enough for her to take aed are cal step. she says she filed a wide ranging internal report complaining about various scientologists at the wedding. >> reporter: you left the wedding on a mission to save scientology? >> right. i thought i now see where the cracks are in our church she arrived home and learned that numerous scientologists filed reports on her. >> that i had disrupted the wedding, and i basically destroyed the wedding. >> reporter: she says she had crossed two pillars of scientology. tom cruz and the chairman of the board, and that she was now being taken to task. she says she was subjected to a series of expensive interrogations using church technology known as an e meter. she had to pay for the sessions
trying to get me to recant what i said, to apologize for ruining the wedding of the century. >> reporter: why didn't you just leave? >> i wasn't ready to leave the church. >> reporter: she remained for a time, but she says a process was set in motion leading her and her family to finally quit in 2013 and then to her writing her book, and now it all appears to be culminating in this new on a and e which she hopes will provoke real change in scientology. this is dan harris in new york. up next, salena gomez fans say we love you like a love song by making the pop star the most followed celebrity on instagram. you won't believe how many likes she's getting.
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