We’ll forego our usual, strict policy of remaining apolitical for once, in order to bring you the following news item: US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is claiming that Ford Motor Company has backed-down from its plans to spend some $2.5 billion on a manufacturing expansion in Mexico.
Donald Trump’s problem: Ford has made no such reversal on its plans.
According to Politico, Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that “because of my constant badgering at packed events, [Ford] is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.” He then reinforced this claim, tweeting: “Do you think I will get credit for keeping Ford in U.S. Who cares, my supporters know the truth. Think what can be done as president!” Donald Trump’s source in all of this was a website named “Prntly” which, reports Politico, also recently featured these amusing, likely unfounded headlines: “Troy, NY man’s ‘local’ pumpkin filled with toxic Tropical spiders” and “PRNTLY read by Donald Trump, Carl Icahn, most popular Oct 2015.”
Ultimately, it seems as though Mr. Donald Trump has mistaken Ford’s decision to shift production of the F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks from Mexico to the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. But Ford’s $2.5 billion plans in Mexico have nothing to do with the production of these commercial vehicles. Rather, it has been speculated that the expansion is squared at preparing Ford’s Mexico plants to take over production of the Focus and C-MAX models following their departure from Michigan Assembly in 2018.
Let’s all agree not to tell this to Mr. Trump, though. After all, ignorance is bliss.