Ford vs. Trump The Mex­ico de­bate

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

When Don­ald Trump crit­i­cized Ford dur­ing last week’s de­bate for mov­ing jobs to Mex­ico, the au­tomaker replied with unusual swift­ness.

Ford posted on Twit­ter that it has cre­ated al­most 28,000 U.S. jobs in five years and em­ploys more U.S. hourly work­ers than any au­tomaker. It also tweeted that no U.S. jobs would be lost as it shifts pro­duc­tion of the Fo­cus and C-Max com­pact cars from sub­ur­ban Detroit to a new Mex­i­can plant. The Michigan fac­tory’s 3,700 work­ers will build two new ve­hi­cles.

Trump and Ford have been spar­ring for months about build­ing cars in Mex­ico as Trump blasted what he says are un­fair trade deals. But Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man Bill Ford said his com­pany “is ev­ery­thing that (Trump) should be cel­e­brat­ing about this coun­try.”

Kel­ley Blue Book an­a­lyst Karl Brauer says Ford is prickly be­cause it’s be­ing crit­i­cized for good busi­ness de­ci­sions. Cheaper la­bor and fa­vor­able trade terms “make it dif­fi­cult to jus­tify small-car as­sem­bly in this coun­try,” he said. Ford isn’t alone. Gen­eral Mo­tors, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Nis­san, Volk­swa­gen and others have built fac­to­ries in Mex­ico, which now has at least 19 auto as­sem­bly plants.

A Ford C-Max at the Ford Michigan Plant

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