The Obama administration likes to boast about their supposed job creation numbers. But their numbers do not add up. President-elect Trump has vowed to do all he can as president to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States and to keep the existing ones we have.
Trump has already been fruitful in is efforts including deals with Carrier and a large telecom company.
Now he is turning his sights to automakers. Trump tweeted his criticism of General Motors Tuesday regarding their decision to make some cars in Mexico.
General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
But on the same day, another auto manufacturer clearly made his day.
Ford Motor Co. announced Tuesday that the company is changing their plans to build a new manufacturing plan in Mexico. The company now plans to invest $700 million in Michigan.
Ford CEO Mark Fields told CNN the move is “vote of confidence” in President-elect Trump and his vow to promote a more pro-business economic environment in the United States. Fields stressed that the company’s plans are not part of any deal between the company and Trump.
“We did it for our business,” Fields said. With the change of plans, Ford will now build their Ford Focus at an existing plan in Mexico but will invest approximately $700 million in a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan which will create 700 jobs. The focus of the Michigan plan will be to produce more self-driving and electric cars. The company has set a goal to create a “fully self-driving car by 2021.”
United Auto Workers vice-president Jimmy Settles said that he is “thrilled that we have been able to secure additional UAW-Ford jobs for American workers.”
The Hill reported that President-elect Trump was notified of the company’s decision on Tuesday morning.
Source: The Hill