Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders don't agree on a lot of things, but keeping Carrier in the United States is one of them.
Both the president-elect and the Vermont Senator are pressuring Carrier Corporation, the air conditioning and heating systems maker owned by United Technologies (UTX) , to halt plans to move two of its plants to Mexico from Indiana. Sanders upped the ante over the weekend, calling for Trump to use United Technologies' defense contracts as leverage in negotiations.
"I call on Mr. Trump to make it clear to the CEO of United Technologies that if his firm wants to receive another defense contract from the taxpayers of this country, it must not move these plants to Mexico," Sanders wrote in a statement on Saturday.
He made a similar plea via Twitter:
I call on Trump to make clear to United Technologies that if it wants to receive another defense contract it must not move plants to Mexico.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 27, 2016
The Hartford, Connecticut-based company saw $6.8 billion in U.S. federal government contract obligations in 2015, $6.7 billion of which came through the Department of Defense. Sanders quoted the amount in his statement, though he did not note that included in it is helicopter-maker Sikorsky, which United Technologies no longer owns. It sold the company to Lockheed Martin (LMT) for $9 billion in late 2015, taking a chunk out of its government contract obligations.