President-elect Donald Trump is on a quest to bring industry back to America, and on Tuesday he sent a tweet to General Motors (GM) threatening to slap a “big border tax” on the company’s Mexican-made cars:
General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
Ironically, just after Trump sent the tweet, Ford Motors announced that they have canceled plans to build a new plant in Mexico. Trump threatened to slap a 35% tariff on Ford’s Mexican-made cars last year.
GM, however, responded to Trump’s tweet with a statement that all Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are made in Ohio:
General Motors manufactures the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in Lordstown, Ohio. 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 is the latest in a long line of companies Trump has targeted on Twitter. Others include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Amazon, T-Mobile, and Macy’s.