On Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump revealed that he played a key role in keeping a Ford plant in the United States. But Business Insider reports that the plant was never intending to move out of the country in the first place. Trump claimed the plant was planning to move to Mexico before he stepped in, but according to BI, the plant was never in any danger of shutting down.
Trump tweeted, "Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky - no Mexico," and implied that Louisville, Kentucky's Lincoln plant had been planning to move south of the border.
Trump then proceeded to credit himself for the manufactured "win," tweeting that he "worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky."
But according to Business Insider, while the plant had planned to begin producing the Lincoln MKC in Mexico, the transition wouldn't have impacted employees at the Louisville plant. There were also no plans to close the Louisville plant, and of as now, that plant will continue to produce the MKC.
In a statement, Ford said, "We are encouraged that President-elect Donald Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States." But it doesn't appear as though President-elect Trump had any impact on Ford's decision in this particular instance.