News: Ford kills plan to bring Chinese-built model to US.

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Ford killed plans to import a Chinese manufactured model to the US, Trump manages to get nearly every wrong in response tweet.

In another stunning display of a fundamental misunderstanding of how the automotive industry works, President Donald Trump posted a tweet earlier on Sunday morning lauding a CNBC report that stated Ford’s intent to nix a plan to sell Chinese-made Focus Active in the US.

No, sir. No, that is not how this works. No, Ford is just… not going to sell these vehicles in the US at all.

Trump’s plan to start increasing tariffs on Chinese goods is apparently pretty close to coming to fruition, which is causing companies around the world to start getting antsy. Proposing a 25 percent tariff on a country is not going to go unnoticed, and China has already stated their plans to retaliate. Now, even US-based companies are getting up in arms.

It’s an attempt to force China’s hand in eliminating tariffs altogether, but all it’s done instead is escalate a worldwide tariff war. It doesn’t really seem like our president… understands that fact.

See, Ford isn’t getting rid of their plans to manufacture cars in China. They’re still going to do that! They’re just not going to sell those cars in the United States. Instead, they’re just going to find their markets elsewhere.

Ford has taken plenty of blows as a result of this trade war. Sales have fallen in both China and the US. We’ve already lost the Ford Focus crossover in the States entirely. This is a situation where no one is really winning.

So yeah, ceasing sales in the US might hurt Ford—but so will excessive tariffs. This whole deal isn’t really encouraging anyone to do much else, aside from root their heels down deeper in the dirt and play chicken until thing get bad enough that someone has to break.
Trump's Tweet:

"Ford has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the US because of the prospect of higher U.S. Tariffs." CNBC. This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!
Impressive that nearly everything he said was wrong. Not only will the car not be sold in the US (which I'm fine with), but it will be built and sold overseas; this won't bring jobs to US shores. Trump continues to show his ignorance of how tariffs actually work, these are not paid by the exporting country, as he has indicated in the past, or even the manufacturer; they are ultimately paid by American consumers. Trump seems to think that a company has to send a check with every item they import to pay the tariff.

We've built an incredibly complex infrastructure and supply network across Canada, the US, and Mexico; parts and cars move globally and the Big Orange Baby is carelessly smashing it.
 
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I know this isn't the political forum, but vote in the midterms. That's all we can do at this point.
 

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CraigB;n3553274 said:
I know this isn't the political forum, but vote in the midterms. That's all we can do at this point.


This, so much!

Half the reason that Republicans win anything, is that old people tend to vote and lean Republican. Most other people just don't even bother to register.
 

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Isn't this the same car that was to built in Mexico?
 

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I don't think so, even the early press for the Focus Active indicate it was slated to be built in China.
 

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What was to be built in Mexico then? My 2003 Focus SVT was built there, I believe.
 

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Not going to say anything more than this, but there is soooo much misinformation on both sides of the aisle on this. Very little of this decision was political. And with that, don't ask me any more questions.
 
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