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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

President Trump gets Ford to make a U-turn in Mexico

President Trump said he would stop Ford from building a new car plant in Mexico.

The newspapers said it would never happen.

Today he succeeded.

Seventeen days before his presidency begins.

From Fox News:
Ford Motor Company on Tuesday announced plans to cancel the building of a $1.3 billion plant in Mexico and instead invest $700 million in a Michigan assembly plant, directly tying the decision to “pro-growth policies” championed by President-elect Donald Trump.
Trump had previously been critical of Ford’s plans to build in Mexico.
CEO Mark Fields, speaking at an event at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant, said the policies that Trump “and the new Congress have indicated they will pursue” were vital to the company’s decision.
“We believe these tax and regulatory reforms are necessary to boost U.S. competitiveness,” Fields said.
The investment in the Flat Rock plant is set to create 700 jobs, according to Fields. The money will be used to open a new factory used to build high-tech autonomous and electric vehicles as well as the Mustang and Lincoln Continental, the company said in a press release.
Remember when I said I think I bought my last Mustang?

Maybe not.

Meanwhile, today, President Trump went after GM

GM tried to deny this by saying most of the Cruzes GM sells are made in the USA.


Not all.

And as Ed Morrissey pointed out, Chevy is laying of people at its USA plants that make some Cruzes.

GM is in denial about the future -- the same as Ford last fall.

From the Washington Post on September 16:
Ford ignores Trump’s criticism, confirms plans to expand production in Mexico
Ford Motor will move all U.S. production of its small cars to Mexico, chief executive Mark Fields confirmed Wednesday, despite criticism from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of the company's plans for expansion south of the border.
"Within the next two to three years, the majority of our small vehicles will be produced in low-cost areas," Fields told investors at an event on Wednesday. "In North America, we will have migrated all of our small car production to Mexico and out of the U.S."
The company first announced the plan last year. The Mexican expansion will not affect U.S. workers, a Ford spokeswoman said. The company will shift production of its Focus models across the border, and the Michigan plant where those cars are made now will build other vehicles.
When the company announced plans for a new, $1.6 billion plant in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí in April, Trump called the decision "an absolute disgrace" in a statement quoted by Bloomberg News.
"These ridiculous, job-crushing transactions will not happen when I am president," Trump said.
Four months later, President Trump kept that promise -- which his critics insisted would never happen.


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  1. Reminds me of a comment made by Henry Kissinger during the Reagan/Carter campaign concerning a proposal made by Reagan to the Soviet leadership.

    "Zey vill reject it indignantly from Candidate Reagan, und zey vill accept it from President Reagan."

    Mark S.

  2. There is not one single democrat policy, tax, or regulation that cannot now be overturned. Like a new broom, Congress and President Trump should sweep the place clean. - Elric

  3. The MSM is putting themselves in a position where they look like they are cheering every time a job leaves the USA. They think that they are pointing out Trump's failures without realizing that the man on the street sees any failure by Trump as his own. The press is increasing the distance between itself and the working man to its own detriment.
    But don't tell them.

  4. Trolled my never Trump FB friends with this as another; "More Good News!" post.

  5. OK. One of the major costs of goods sold for autos is supposed to be labor.
    If the US car building employee makes 30 an hour, and the Mexican car building employee makes 3 an hour, why is the car still 30,000 no matter where it's made?

  6. Bill Clinton made a ewe turn in a Ford in Mexico, but that's another story.

    1. Yeah, Fords had bigger back seats back in the 90's, didn't they.

      He should have been more sheepish about it though!

  7. Trump is stamping his feet and leaving big footprints; the yuuuuuuuuuuuuuge ones start the 21st.

  8. He's already a better prez than Obongo and he hasn't even taken office yet. I bet his golf game is better as well.

    1. Never mind all the crows and ravens hanging around the first tee, Barry. They're just waiting to pounce on the worms.