U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is under fire for celebrating successes he may not have actually achieved, and twisting the truth to serve his own purposes. This time, it is the Ford Motor Company that’s making waves.
Trump, who has long stood on opposition to American manufacturing outsourcing, claimed he had talked with Ford’s CEO, and together the two had reached an agreement that would keep a Lincoln plant in Kentucky.
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On Thursday, Trump Tweeted: “I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!”
The implication here is that Ford was planning on shuttering the Kentucky plant. This isn’t exactly accurate. Ford Motor Co Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr did tell Trump that the automaker would keep a Kentucky plant, but Ford only plans to keep one vehicle in production there.
“He will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky – no Mexico,” the President-elect wrote.
Ford insists their current plans haven’t changed. The automaker can’t outsource any more production currently, thanks to a contract they have with the United Auto Workers–a contract that won’t expire until 2019.
Trump has a history of taking credit for decisions Ford has already made. In 2015, he accepted credit for Ford’s decision to move some production from Mexico to Ohio. That decision, though, dated back to 2011.
Ford’s Spokeswoman Christin said the company had “confirmed with the President-elect that our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly plant will stay in Kentucky.”
“We are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States,” she added, in a statement.
Ford is still planning on moving small car production to Mexico. They plan to invest $2.5 billion in Mexican factories which will provide 3,800 jobs.