Speaking at The Economic Club of New York on Thursday, Donald Trump told a joke that included Mexico, Flint, MI, and Ford Motor Company, just a day after Ford announced that it was moving all of its small car production to Mexico.
Reading from prepared notes, Trump told attendees:
“It used to be cars were made in Flint and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now, cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”
Flint, Michigan, of course, has had a well-publicized public water crisis, and we’ve all been told not to “drink the water” in Mexico, so the joke rings true, especially considering Ford’s announcement.
For what it’s worth, Ford CEO Mark Fields told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Thursday that no jobs would be lost over its move to make all small cars in Mexico beginning in 2018.
“Will Ford cut any U.S. jobs as a result of this move?” Harlow asked Fields. “One, any single one?” she asked.
“Absolutely not. Zero,” Fields answered, explaining that even though small car production is moving to Mexico, the company is planning “two very exciting new products so that not one job will be lost.”