Trump urges Ford, Apple to manufacture in U.S., not China

Gladys Abbott
September 11, 2018

President Donald Trump on Sunday suggested via Twitter that American automaker Ford could begin making its Focus model in the US, and therefore circumvent his tariffs.

Ford, which had canceled plans to import the Focus Active from China a week ago because of the U.S.'s ongoing trade war with the country, refuted Trump's tweet the same day.

China's foreign ministry said on Monday it would retaliate if U.S. President Donald Trump goes ahead with his plan of imposing tariffs on practically all Chinese imports. But despite Trump's claims, Ford insisted that this was not the case and that the Focus hatchback will not be built in the United States.

At 07:14 GMT, the yuan was quoted at 6.8601 per USA dollar, 0.16 percent weaker than the previous close of 6.8492.

There was a "logical gap" in Trump's statement that the auto not being imported to the U.S. somehow meant it could be built in the United States cost-effectively, said Reade, who now advises clients on USA and Chinese governmental issues at the Washington-based law firm Arnold & Porter. The automaker has already stopped advertising for models like the Focus as well as the Fiesta, Fusion and Taurus. While it is debatable whether or not Trump's trade war has helped the any way so far, most economists believe that the idea to start this economic war is a bad one. The threat is to impose tariffs on every product imported in the U.S from China, but for now, the next in line plan is to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports.

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Intel Corp said proposed tariffs would negatively affect USA businesses and "stifle advancements" in telecom infrastructure, including next generation technologies like 5G. Ford confirmed to The New York Times that it will not build or sell the Focus Active in the United States.

For the Focus Active, the tariffs on Chinese vehicles changed everything.

Trump on Friday threatened additional duties on $267 billion of Chinese goods over and above planned tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods.

The White House has accused China of stealing US intellectual property and forcing American companies to share their technology with Chinese companies.

The world's two biggest economies are clashing over USA allegations that China deploys predatory tactics - including outright cybertheft - to acquire technology from U.S. companies and challenge American technological dominance.

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