GM just fired back hard at the president-elect after being targeted in an early morning Trump-ian Twitter rant.
Trump railed against the auto manufacturer early Tuesday morning for supposedly “sending Mexican made model[s] of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border.”
General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A.or pay big border tax!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
GM says, however, that such a claim is basically ludicrous.
The company was straightforward in calling out Trump’s bluff, writing the following in a statement published Tuesday morning by CNBC:
‘General Motors manufactures the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in Lordstown, Ohio. All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are built in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for global markets in Mexico, with a small number sold in the U.S.’
A spokesperson for GM told CNBC Tuesday that that GM “sold about 190,000 Cruzes in the U.S. in 2016. About 4,500 of those, or 2.4 percent, were hatchbacks made in Mexico.”
As a guest on CNBC commented Tuesday, speaking of the company’s straightforward response to Trump:
‘[It is] interesting that this is not a deferential tone of “we respect where the president-elect is coming from when it comes to manufacturing and improving the economy.” This is a very pointed response, saying ‘you’re talking about this vehicle, it’s built in the U.S.’
Watch CNBC’s report on Trump’s response to Trump below.