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TRUMP MADE UP STORY ABOUT 5 NEW JAPANESE CAR PLANTS IN MICHIGAN

US President Donald Trump lies through his teeth when he claims that five Japanese car plants were built in Michigan during his incumbency and that the car industry experienced renaissance under his administration, the Associated Press (AP).

“We won Michigan — first time in decades. And you know what we’ve done? Many, many car plants are now opening up ... I said, ‘Shinzo (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe), please do me a favor, we need more car companies. ... We want them built here, not in Japan, please.’ He said, ‘But we cannot do that, this is a free enterprise system.’ I said, ‘... Please, I need some car companies’ ... I said, ‘Shinzo, you have to do it.’ Next day, it was the story: ‘Five car companies opened up in Michigan,’” Trump bragged in a North Carolina rally.


AP said Trump is making up the story. “No Japanese automaker assembly plants have been announced or built in Michigan, let alone in one day, and there are no plans to add any,” it added.


“There is one manufacturing facility, a joint venture between General Motors and Honda, south of Detroit. It’s the $85 million expansion of an existing facility to make hydrogen fuel cells with about 100 new jobs, according to the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Subaru has a new research center with about 100 new jobs, and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Toyota have announced expansions of research facilities. These are not new ‘car plants’ run by Japanese automakers,” AP affirmed. In fact, the number of auto and parts manufacturing jobs in Michigan fell between Trump’s inauguration and February of this year, before the coronavirus took hold. When Trump took office there were 174,200 jobs, and that dropped to 171,800 in February, according to Labor Department statistics. In July, the most recent figures available, there were 154,400 auto and parts manufacturing jobs in Michigan. It means nearly 20,000 jobs were cut in the auto industry of Michigan under Trump. That’s far from a car company renaissance in the state courtesy of Japan, as Trump asserts.



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