Even though he loves the “yugely” popular sandwich cookie, Donald Trump says he will never eat them again. What has brought this response from the front-runner of the 2016 presidential race? Nabisco has decided to move its company from Chicago to Mexico. After layoffs and an opt-out of a factory upgrade deal, Nabisco told the Chicago Tribune it would be building its new plant in Mexico, according to the Washington Times Saturday. Trump stated, “Nabisco closes the plant in Chicago, and they are moving the plant to Mexico. Why?” He added that “Mexico is the new China,” saying businesses who move across the border will be faced with the same tariffs and restrictions that China imposes on companies like Boeing.
These statements came while speaking to a crowd of more than 20,000 in Mobile, Alabama. Trump has not been shy about his displeasure of American companies moving overseas to China and Mexico. He has been consistently outspoken on the issue during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. He made the announcement to reporters as he waited at the Manhattan Supreme Court to find out if he had been picked for jury duty. According to the The Blaze, what ticked off the billionaire presidential contender was Nabisco’s decision not to invest the $130 million for a factory upgrade but instead move the business across the border into Mexico. In addition, Nabisco recently closed its Philadelphia factory in an effort to expand factories in Virginia and New Jersey. Union members believe their jobs will eventually be outsourced to Mexico as well.
Nabisco’s parent company is Mondelez International. It is an American multinational confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate, which employs around 107,000 people around the world. MI comprises the global snack and food brands of the former Kraft Foods Inc. The Mondelēz name was adopted in 2012 and came from the input of Kraft Foods employees at the time. The company is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois, a Chicago suburb and has an annual revenue of approximately $36 billion with operations in more than 80 countries.
When American workers fear losing their jobs to outsourcing in order for the company to employ cheap laborers, you know things are bad, reports Top Right News. Trump’s not wrong about China. The communist country is capitalizing on the weakness of current American leaders. There is a flaw in our highly liberal system that inhibits making money and China is taking advantage of it.
Under a Trump presidency it is highly unlikely that he would cave to any foreign land, and the American people would always come first. It’s a good bet there won’t be an Obama-like Middle East apology tour under Trump, that’s for sure.
*Correction – According to Laurie M. Guzzinati Senior Director, Corporate & Government Affairs North America, Mondelēz Global LLC – Nabisco recently announced a significant investment in a Salinas, Mexico baking plant. The move affects 600 jobs at a bakery near Chicago, though Nabisco says that facility would remain open.