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Analyzing Trump’s SOTU Comments About the Auto Industry

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Feb. 1, 2018—Following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, the Associated Press performed a fact check pertaining to his statements about the auto industry.

In his speech, Trump said: “Many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States—something we have not seen in decades.”

According to the Associated Press, the statement about decades isn’t accurate. The auto industry has regularly been opening and expanding factories since before Trump’s presidency.

For instance, Toyota opened its Mississippi factory in 2011. Hyundai’s plant in Alabama dates to 2005. And, in 2010, Tesla fully acquired and updated an old factory to produce electric vehicles.

On Tuesday, Trump also declared that “Chrysler is moving a major plant from Mexico to Michigan.” That’s not entirely truthful, the AP noted. Chrysler announced that it will move production of heavy-duty pickup trucks from Mexico to Michigan, but its plant is not closing in Mexico; it will start producing other vehicles for global sales and no change in its workforce is anticipated.

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