Toyota is Donald Trump’s Latest Twitter Target

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Toyota is Donald Trump’s Latest Twitter Target

For better or worse, President-elect Donald Trump loves Twitter.

Trump has previously tweeted about GM and Ford, calling out both companies for plans to move auto production to Mexico. On Thursday, Trump tweeted that Toyota plans on building a new plant in Baja, Mexico to build its popular Corolla, and like Ford, is threatening the company with a big border tax if it doesn’t build the plant in the U.S.

SEE ALSO: Ford Turns its Attention Back to US Manufacturing, Dumps Plans for Mexico Plant

The Japanese automaker has since responded to Trump, releasing a statement saying that it has been part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. for nearly 60 years and that its new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico – not Baja – won’t decrease production volume or employment in the U.S.

Without surprise, the responses to Trump’s tweet are divisive, much like the election results. There are plenty of people posting images of how Trump and his daughter’s products are manufactured in China or Mexico.

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  • smartacus

    i just read even Black & Decker has now announced they will build a new factory in the USA.

    When it comes to cars though; some of the consumers’savings of buying a car hecho en Mexico is lost on “destination fee” from all the way down there anyway.

  • Dave Nichols

    Not only that, but extremely reduced labor fees bolster company profits more than any advantage to the consumer.

  • smartacusⓊ

    Since i wrote that, Thousands more US jobs have been announced.

    FCA will be expanding and adding thousands of US jobs to manufacture the new Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer.

    Now Trump had a meeting with Alibaba and they will be adding tens of thousands of US jobs.