President-elect Donald Trump thanks Ohio for helping him win election

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- President-elect Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Cincinnati, Thursday night, to mark the beginning of a "thank you" tour in states that helped him win the election, including Ohio.

Trump said he won the Buckeye State by almost 10 points.

The president-elect said he kept hearing, "You must win Ohio," and on election night, "it just kept getting better and better. I love you Ohio... Thank you."

The tour begins as Trump puts together his Cabinet, after naming nominees to head the Treasury, Commerce and Transportation departments, part of the huge task of standing up his administration before the inauguration in January.

Trump even made news on that front confirming his pick for secretary of defense and joked with the crowd about keeping it a secret.

"We are going to appoint (retired Marine Gen. James) "Mad Dog" Mattis as our secretary of defense. But we're not announcing it until Monday so don't tell anybody," Trump said at his rally, adding later, "They say he's the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have and it's about time."

Earlier on Thursday, Trump warned that companies are not going to leave the United States anymore "without consequences."

Trump spoke at a Carrier factory in Indianapolis where he says he helped prevent hundreds of jobs from moving to Mexico.

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