Monday, October 26, 2015

Donald Trump erroneously takes credit for Ford shifting truck production from Mexico to Ohio

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump enthusiastically patted himself on the back Sunday, asserting on Twitter that, because of political pressure he applied, Ford Motor Co. has nixed expansion plans in Mexico.

But Trump appeared to be confusing two separate projects – one that Ford is moving ahead with in Mexico, despite his protests, and another here in Northeast Ohio.

The self-congratulatory tweets drew the ire of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of Trump's rivals for the GOP nomination. Ford's plant in Avon Lake recently began production on two lines of medium-duty trucks that had been made in Mexico.

In 2011, his first year as governor, Kasich championed tax incentives that assisted the move, which is expected to preserve more than 1,000 jobs.
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