President-elect Donald Trump announced on Twitter Thursday night that Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, called him and said the company won’t be moving its Louisville Assembly Plant to Mexico.
Trump then claimed it was he who convinced the company to keep the plant, where Ford manufactures the Lincoln MKC and the Ford Escape, in the United States.
“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 tweeted. “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!”
During his campaign, Trump repeatedly criticized Ford for allegedly planning to move all of its North American production sites to Mexico and even threatened to place a 35 percent tariff on vehicles made there after terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In reality, Ford had no plans to shut down the Lousiville factory. Rather, it had been “likely” that the automaker would shift MKC manufacturing to its Cuautilan, Mexico plant, but not until 2019.
“Bill shared Ford’s continued commitment to invest in the U.S.,” Ford said in a statement, confirming that a call had been made to Trump. “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.”