Donald Trump just turned to Twitter again to make himself look tough, and to make it seem like he cares about the American people, by lying about General Motors. But the company responded after Trump tweeted:
General Motors fired back in a statement given to CNBC,
“All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are built in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for global markets in Mexico, with a small number sold in the U.S.” GM “sold about 190,000 Cruzes in the U.S. in 2016. About 4,500 of those, or 2.4 percent, were hatchbacks made in Mexico.”
General Motors is an American company but they don’t have the obligation to produce cars in the U.S. because they have costumers in other countries.
According to the Washington Post, The Chevy Cruze sedan manufactured in Lordstown has suffered from declining demand. In November, GM announced it would eliminate the factory’s third shift, cutting 1,245 salaried and hourly workers in the process. The jobs will end this quarter. The plant currently employs about 4,500.
“Unfortunately, the market dictates our livelihoods and this is a business that changes based on consumer demand. To date, small cars as well as all passenger vehicle sales are slowing due to the strong market demand for SUV’s and trucks. The auto industry is a cyclical business and hopefully, the tide will eventually turn in our favor” said Scott Brubaker, chairman of United Auto Workers Local 1714.
The Washington Post also stated that “Trump’s tweet Tuesday about GM does not make clear whether he is calling for a targeted tax to punish individual companies that shift production out of the United States or for a blanket tariff on imports. Trump has repeatedly said he would slap a 35 percent tariff on Mexican products, but there is no framework for a broad-based border tax in his proposal to overhaul the corporate tax code.”