General Motors says that Donald Trump got it wrong when he gave them an ultimatum regarding their Cruze models made in Mexico. On January 3rd Mr. Trump tweeted “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to US car dealers-tax free across border. Make in USA or pay big border tax.”
According to automotive news, GM made fifty thousand of the Cruze hatchbacks in Mexico, and roughly 300,000 other body styles in the US. GM responded, saying, “All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the US are built in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.” The video notes that only a small number of the hatchbacks built in Mexico are sold in the US.
Maybe Mr. Trump had his countries confused. There’s a Canadian Cruz that he’s had some difficulty with before and it’s imported, maybe that’s what he was thinking of, he’s not working at GM, though.
This may be one of those instances where the specifics really don’t matter much. With Ford announcing the cancelling of plans to build their small car factory in Mexico and instead add 700 jobs in America, in Michigan the tone is clear. The environment is being created for manufacturing to return to the United States. It’s not that difficult of a thing to engineer, something Mr. Trump has demonstrated prior to even being sworn into office. He’s making it look almost easy.
It’s a matter of taking the initiative and having the presence to make it happen. He doesn’t have to involve himself in internal negotiations with the companies. He simply has to make it a wise business decision and they’ll do what makes sense. He has to make America viable for business growth and operations again, which he’s going to do.
The representative from the World Policy Institute says that a broad range of companies are preparing contingency plans with options for how they will proceed if it turns out that Mr. Trump was really serious about his campaign promises to make America business-friendly again and to encourage growth through a variety of methods, including enticements and penalties. It’s all part how a competent pro-US president makes America great again.
It’s something that is beyond the capabilities of either Hussein Obama or Hillary Clinton and which neither of them would have any interest in even if it weren’t.
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