Ford fact checks Trump: We will be here forever

by Ben Pena September 16, 2016, 8:37

Ford plans to eventually shift all North American small-car production from the U.S.to Mexico, CEO Mark Fields told investors Tuesday, even though the company's production investments in Mexico have become a lightning rod for controversy in the presidential election. "They'll make their cars, they'll employ thousands and thousands of people, not from this country...and we'll have nothing but more unemployment in Flint".

"It's really unfortunate when politics get in the way of the facts", Fields said.

In response to Trump's claims, a Ford spokesperson noted that the company was "committed to American manufacturing" and that they've created 28,000 jobs in the U.S.in the last five years.

"Zero" jobs will be lost in MI, where Ford is based, with the move, Mark Fields told Poppy Harlow on CNN.

"When they make their auto and they think they're going to get away with this ... when that vehicle comes back across the border into our country - that now comes in free - we're going to charge them a 35 percent tax", he said Thursday on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends".

Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields said that all of the automaker's small-car production would be shifted from US plants to lower-cost Mexico. And you know what's going to happen?

Trump has on multiple occasions vowed to impose up to a 35 percent tariff on any Mexican-built Ford cars the automaker tries to sell in the U.S. Fields declined to say if that action would stop Ford's plan if Trump is elected.

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Trump added that he could not believe Ford's "brazenness".

Since 2011, Ford has invested $12 billion in US plants and created 28,000 U.S.jobs.

"We will be replacing those products with two very exciting new products so not one job will be lost", Fields said.

Today, Fields reiterated the automaker's commitment to the UAW to keep that plant running.

Ford will build a plant in Mexico. Ford's Fusion and Fiesta models are already made in Mexico.

Fields said that Ford's labor costs in Mexico are roughly 40% less than than they are at US plants, which are all unionized.

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