President-elect Donald Trump meets with top Silicon Valley executives at Trump Tower last month. Photo courtesy: Getty Images.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Amazon on Thursday announced it plans to create more than 100,000 full-time positions in the U.S. within the next 18 months, leveraging plans already in the works in part to patch up the company’s contentious relationship with President-elect Donald Trump.

The additional jobs would increase Amazon’s U.S. workforce to 280,000, a dramatic increase from the just 30,000 that worked for the company in 2011.

Amazon said the jobs will be at already-announced warehouses being constructed in Texas, California, Florida and New Jersey. Other jobs will be in areas such as cloud technology, machine learning and advanced logistics—some of which eliminate jobs, experts say. “Innovation is one of our guiding principles at Amazon, and it’s created hundreds of thousands of American jobs,” said Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.

A spokesman for Donald Trump seemingly credited the president-elect with the hiring bump because he allegedly urged the technology community to keep jobs and production in the U.S., words he delivered to top executives during a meeting at Trump Tower last month.“The President-elect was pleased to have played a role in that decision by Amazon,” the spokesman said.

During his presidential campaign, Trump made job creation a central message and pillar of his movement. He blasted companies, including some of the nation’s technology giants, for purportedly shipping jobs overseas. Since his election, companies across a range of industries have scurried to announce plans to retain or add U.S. jobs.

Companies such as Carrier and Ford Motor Co. reversed company initiatives to shift jobs overseas. Last month, SoftBank’s chief executive met with Trump, and said he would invest $50 billion in the U.S. to create 50,000 jobs.

During the campaign, Trump’s relationship with the tech community could easily be described as one that was strained. Leaders from the community emerged with overwhelming support for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Before Thursday’s announcement, Amazon had been planning on opening 16 new fulfillment centers over the next few months, which would have created more than 15,000 jobs. To reach the 100,000 mark, Amazon is likely to convert some part-time jobs to full-time.