Trump claims an auto boom that isn't | Fact check

Saturday, 01 Dec, 2018

TRUMP'S tweet: "General Motors is very counter to what other auto, and other companies are doing". So is Mr. Trump correct?

Auto companies are pouring into the USA, including BMW, which just announced a major new plant.

They also cast a pall over this week's signing of the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement, the hard-won successor to NAFTA that Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, acknowledged Tuesday was created to foster the growth of the auto sector. The factory will also make products geared to auto manufacturers and appliance makers.

"It's the state and locals that are going to be able to put icing on the cake", she said, pointing to big incentives extended to Foxconn in Wisconsin and Amazon in Virginia and NY.

BMW offered its own response to the president's tweet, confirming only that they "are considering building an engine plant in the U.S".

"We're at the range where you could think about a second location", Krueger said, according to Reuters. "As far as adding a bunch of capacity - that's not going to happen".

"The president is the one that took that leap and that's what has us very alarmed on that side of the industry", he said during on Thursday. Trump has also threatened to take action against Amazon.com Inc, saying repeatedly in April, without providing evidence, that the online retailer was not paying the U.S. Postal Service a fair rate and saying that he would look at policies to address what he said were Amazon's unfair business advantages.

As of October, there were 381,700 jobs in the manufacturing of primary metals such as steel.

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Trump has been upset with GM, which on Monday announced plans to close four US factories and shed up to 3,300 blue-collar jobs.

Meanwhile, pressure is mounting on China to come to a deal with the United States to avoid a massive new round of tariffs that Trump says are aimed at correcting decades of unfair Chinese trade practices. The factory is still in operation and now builds the Sonic and the Bolt electric auto. Some Senate Republicans who have begrudgingly let Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent remain in place are publicly skeptical that the administration could make the same argument that automobile imports actually represent a threat to national security. It is expanding its existing USA assembly plant and is due to open another assembly plant in Mexico next year.

GM, now the second largest electric vehicle seller in the USA, is on track to reach the 200,000 threshold by the end of this year, tech news site Clean Technica has reported, meaning that most of the electric cars that GM sells in 2019 and beyond won't qualify for the tax break anyway. "We need to remove the incentive for companies to send jobs overseas and build incentives for them to build here".

BMW's United States plant, located in Greer, South Carolina, produces the X3 and X5 models for the German firm.

Federal labor data show automakers added almost 31,000 jobs during President Barack Obama's previous year in office.

President Donald Trump is not happy with that decision. For GM and other automakers, he pledged to lower fuel economy standards in return for jobs.

The US has agreed with Japan and the European Union to hold off on additional tariffs on auto imports while trade negotiations are underway.