Donald Trump, Economy, Issues

Trump threatens GM over Mexican cars

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Photo: BriYYZ/Flickr (cc by-sa 2.0)

Photo: BriYYZ/Flickr (cc by-sa 2.0)

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:

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.

  • ARJAY

    I think it’s interesting that we do not have import taxes on more countries. Think about it. If we had import taxes and charged China a 25% tax and THEY threatened to retaliate against US, who would lose more, The U. S. or China?

    I very much doubt that the Chinese see 50% of items in THEIR stores with tags that say “Made in the United States”!!

    Just multiply that with all other countries that we have a trade deficit with!!

    Bring the jobs back home.

    Reduce taxes AND regulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • carmella

    I agree we need to bring jobs back to the US. Think about this: raising tariffs on imported goods will increase the costs of goods from those countries. We’ll be paying more. If we’re going to be paying more, why not manufacture here, which will come at a higher cost to us, but it will create jobs. Either way, items will cost more.

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