How long did it take Donald Trump to keep jobs in the United States? Not very long at all, if a stunning phone call Trump just received is any indication. In fact, he didn’t even have to be inaugurated.
On his Facebook page Friday morning, Trump announced to the world that, after a phone call with Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford, he was assured that one of Ford’s major production lines would be staying in the good old U.S.-of-A.
“Received a call last night — from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky — no Mexico,” Trump announced via his Facebook page.
Trump’s announcement came after a contentious relationship on the campaign trail between the president-elect and America’s second-biggest car company, especially over keeping jobs in the United States.
The most recent scuffle between Trump and the automaker came after Ford announced in September that it would be moving small car assembly across the border to Mexico.
When the plant was first proposed, Trump had said, “Our dishonest politicians and the special interests that control them are laughing in the face of all American citizens. When I am president, we will strongly enforce trade rules against unfair foreign subsidies, and impose countervailing duties to prevent egregious instances of outsourcing.”
He also had proposed a 35 percent tariff on cars built with outsourced labor.
“It used to be cars were made in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint,” Trump joked after the announcement.
Many of Trump’s surprise wins on Election Day — particularly in industrial states like Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan (well, once all the votes are counted in that last one) — were credited to his strong commitment to keeping jobs in America. It seems like Ford has listened.
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