Donald Trump just dropped a bombshell on Twitter when he suggested that he convinced Ford Motor Co. to keep production of a Lincoln sport utility vehicle in the U.S. 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,” Trump wrote.
Bloomberg reported that Ford hasn’t disputed what Trump said.
Ford builds it’s Lincoln MKC small SUV at it’s plant in Lousiville, Kentucky along with their Ford Escape SUV. The automaker confirmed that it had been “likely” that they would move move work to Mexico in 2019 when their contract with the United Auto Workers union expires.
“We had planned to move the Lincoln MKC out of Louisville Assembly Plant,” probably to the Cuautitlan factory in Mexico, said Christin Baker, a Ford spokeswoman.
Trump previously slammed Ford for moving all its North American small-car production to Mexico, where wages are 80% lower than they are in our country. Ford responded by saying they want to work with the president-elect, and they confirmed on Thursday that they will be keeping production here.
“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 U.S.,” the automaker said in an e-mailed statement.
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