Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is taking credit for Ford Motor Co.’s moving some truck production from Mexico to Ohio. Problem is, Trump had nothing to do with it.
Trump issued a tweet Sunday night linking to a posting on a blog associated with a commercial printing company that bore the headline “Trump successfully pressures Ford to move Mexican plant to Ohio.” The blog post itself linked to a CNN story that mentioned Trump’s criticism of the company.
The blog posting, and Trump, were referring to Ford’s 2011 decision to invest $168 million in its plant in Avon Lake, Ohio, and shift truck production there from Mexico.
While F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks began rolling off the assembly line at the plant for the first time in August, the company made it clear that nothing has changed since 2011.
“Ford has not spoken with Mr. Trump, nor have we made any changes to our plans,” the company said in a statement. “We decided to move the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to Ohio Assembly in 2011, long before any candidates announced their intention to run for U.S. president.”
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks didn’t immediately reply to an email request for comment.