Auto manufacturer Ford previously announced plans to build a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico. With the election of Donald Trump as president and his policies, which are viewed as more business-friendly, that decision has abruptly changed and Ford’s CEO specifically cites the policies of Trump and the incoming Republican-controlled Congress as the reason why.
Speaking at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Ford CEO Mark Fields, announced that they will no longer be building the Mexico facility and will instead build a $700 million assembly plant in Michigan.
Fields said that the company’s decision to alter their plans and move the planned facility to Michigan instead of Mexico was due to the policies that Trump “and the new Congress have indicated they will pursue.” He added, “We believe these tax and regulatory reforms are necessary to boost U.S. competitiveness.”
President-elect Trump offered praise for Ford’s decision by tweeting a link to the story of Ford’s announcement followed by a tweet to a meme posted on Instagram in which he boldly said that “America will become a great magnet for innovation and job creation.”
Instead of driving jobs and wealth away, AMERICA will become the world's great magnet for INNOVATION & JOB CREATION.https://t.co/siXrptsOrt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
Given the fact that Ford CEO directly credited Donald Trump’s policies for the company’s decision, the left will have a difficult time spinning this as something Trump is taking credit for with no cause. That won’t stop them from trying.