Ford Motor Company is so far the only major US automaker to vocally oppose US President Donald Trump’s ban on travel targeting seven predominantly Muslim countries, joining a number of tech companies in dissenting toward the recent executive order, reports the Detroit Free Press.
A joint statement from Ford CEO Mark Fields and Executive Chairman Bill Ford issued Monday morning said that “respect for all people is a core value of Ford Motor Company, and we are proud of the rich diversity of our company here at home and around the world. That is why we do not support this policy or any other that goes against our values as a company.”
General Motors was rather less decisive in commenting on the temporary ban, saying in a statement that the company “value[s] and respect[s] individual differences.” The statement went on to say that GM will provide support to any “employee and his/her family” should they encounter difficulty returning to the US with a visa.
Ford’s CEO granted an interview to CNN Monday afternoon, saying: “When you go back to the history of our country, first of all, we are all immigrants into the country, and secondly, as a company, we have grown from over the last 114 years into a major automaker. And it’s been because of the great people who have worked in our company over the years and they have been from all races, creeds, nationalities and I think that’s what makes us great as a country and what makes us great as a company.”