Donald Trump Takes Credit For Ford Plant Staying In The U.S., Even Though He Had Nothing To Do With It

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On Thursday night Donald Trump bragged Bill Ford, the chairman of Ford Motor Company, called him personally to tell him that Ford would be keeping one of its plants in Kentucky instead of moving it to Mexico.

“Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky – no Mexico,” the president-elect wrote on Twitter.

“I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!” he added in a subsequent post.

A spokeswoman for Ford did confirm that the company’s chairman had called Trump to inform him that the Lincoln plant would remain in Kentucky. She said “we are encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States.”

There is one big problem though.

According to Reuters, Ford was never planning to move the facility in question to Mexico. In fact, Ford has regularly reiterated that it has no plans to close any of its U.S. manufacturing locations, something that would likely be impossible under the terms of its current contract with the United Auto Workers.

According to Bloomberg, Ford was planning on moving production of the MKC model possibly to Mexico in 2019 after its contract with the union expires.

During the campaign, Trump threatened to penalize Ford’s Mexican-built cars with a 35 percent tariff. He also said he would terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which lets goods flow between Mexico, the U.S. and Canada without tariffs.

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