Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump got his facts wrong during his recent debate with Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Trump said that Ford is moving jobs to Mexico, even after accurately stating that the automaker will be shifting production abroad for its small car lineup.
“Ford is leaving, you see that. Their small car division – thousands of jobs, leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio,” were the words that sent fact-checkers and people with knowledge of what Ford is doing into a frenzy as soon as the debate got going.
In fact, Ford has pledged that the production shift will not affect workers in the United States, as reported by the Washington Post. Those workers will simply continue working on larger vehicles instead of the small cars they’re currently building.
Still, none of these facts prevented Trump from calling Ford’s Mexico investments “an absolute disgrace” a few months back, and while Ford president & CEO Mark Fields said that no US jobs will be lost as Focus and C-Max production shifts from Michigan to Mexico, the Republican candidate refused to mention that in any of his statements during the debate.
“It’s really unfortunate when politics get in the way of the facts. Ford’s investment in the US and commitment to American jobs has never been stronger,” is what Fields said no more than two weeks ago while being interviewed by CNN.
During the debate, Trump was also very critical of the Trans-Pacific trade deal that President Obama negotiated in the Pacific, though that one came as little surprise.
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