Presidential candidate Donald Trump has publicly called out Ford Motor Company a number of times since he began campaigning for the highest elected office in the United States, blasting the automaker’s investments in Mexican production and even going so far as to say that Ford is going to “fire all their employees in the United States and… move to Mexico.”
When Trump decided once again to use Ford as an example of job outsourcing at last night’s presidential debate against Hillary Clinton, Ford and the United Auto Workers union were watching.
According to Fortune, both Ford and the UAW were ready to correct Mr. Trump on Twitter soon after he said at the debate that “Ford is leaving [the US]. You see that their small car division [is] leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio. They’re all leaving.” The UAW responded with the following tweet:
— UAW (@UAW) September 27, 2016
Ford Motor Company was quick to follow that up, with a prepared infographic that sets the record straight:
Donald Trump’s decision to go after Ford Motor Company in particular has always seemed perplexing to us. While the automaker has announced a new, $1.6 billion small-car plant to be built in the state of San Luis Potosi, along with a couple of other investments, Ford currently has the largest hourly workforce in the US of any automaker. Its latest labor deal with the UAW will have the automaker creating or retaining 8,500 jobs or more over the next four years.