GOP presidential candidate Senator John Kasich, (Ohio), is going on the offensive against fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump for taking credit for Ford Motor Company’s decision to forego plans to move its manufacturing plants to Mexico. Trump claimed in a tweet on Sunday that his “badgering” was responsible for the giant auto manufacturer’s decision to keep its manufacturing of F-650 and F-750 trucks in the United States, according to ABC News on Monday.
Kasich told reporters that Ford Motor Compay’s decision to keep its manufacturing in the United States actually was a result of enticement from Ohio politicians directed at the auto maker. Although Kasich fell short of actually calling Trump a liar, he did say that Trump is “making up his own facts.” Kasich did state, however, that Trump was mistaken that the credit should go to him, stating: “He’s just wrong on the facts.”
A Ford Motor Company spokesperson told ABC News that the manufacturer had not made “any changes” to its “plans.” Ford actually already had started to bring some of its manufacturing back to the United States from Mexico back in 2011. The manufacturing plant referenced by Trump in his tweet was not the one impacted by Ford’s return to the United States. That plant was one which Ford had anticipated closing but decided to keep open, not one that had been closed previously.
Ford Motor Company’s take on the situation is that if any politician had impacted any of their decisions that it was Kasich, not Trump. The Kasich campaign released a video on You Tube on Sunday in which a spokesperson from Ford expressed appreciation to Kasich for “pushing” for enactment of tax incentives. Any well-reasoned economist would advise that a manufacturer’s decision to remain in a country or to leave it would be much more influenced by tax incentives than by “badgering” from a GOP real estate mogul.
Nevertheless, Trump continues to claim credit for Ford’s decision to disavow its earlier decision to move its manufacturing plant to Mexico. While in New Hampshire, Trump made another erroneous statement about Ford’s decision, once again talking about the wrong manufacturing plant:
“I heard last night that Ford is moving back to the United States.They may not do that deal. I get credit for that. I should get credit for that.”
This statement from Trump causes this observer to wonder about the upcoming Iowa Caucus. To whom will Trump give “credit” if Ben Carson wins the Iowa Caucus? The next few months are going to be very interesting for many Americans to say the least.