GM jobs that Trump is taking credit for were actually “years in the making,” according to the company.
By Adam Kelsey / Rebecca Jarvis
Jan 17, 2017
Plans announced today by automotive giant General Motors to add or keep 7,000 American jobs and invest $1 billion in United States manufacturing — later touted by President-elect Donald Trump on Twitter as part of a “big jobs push back into the U.S.” — were actually “years in the making,” according to the company.
In a statement, GM said the investments will “cover multiple new vehicle, advanced technology and component projects,” culminating in 1,500 of the jobs, a combination of new and existing positions. The Detroit-based manufacturer said it also intends to shift some production work from Mexico back to the U.S.
The timing of the announcement raised suggestions that claims by Trump contributed to the company’s actions.
But a GM spokesperson said that “product development decisions are made well in advance” and that “today’s announcement is no different.”
When questioned what role Trump played in the development, the spokesperson added that “all of the decisions behind today’s announcement are good business decisions and they have been in the works for some time.”
Nevertheless, over two tweets this morning, Trump appeared to take credit for the action. “With all of the jobs I am bringing back into the U.S. (even before taking office), with all of the new auto plants coming back into our….. country and with the massive cost reductions I have negotiated on military purchases and more, I believe the people are seeing ‘big stuff,'” he wrote.
This afternoon, he specifically called attention to GM’s announcement in an additional tweet, writing, “Thank you to General Motors… for starting the big jobs push back into the U.S.!”
In reference to a Trump tweet from January 3, GM said that “today’s announcement has no bearing on the Cruze.” The company previously insinuated that the president-elect’s tweet was factually incorrect, saying it assembles the Cruze sedan in the United States for the domestic market and the hatchback version in Mexico for foreign markets.
Despite Trump’s previous criticism, domestic job creation and investment are not entirely new developments for the company. In the release, GM notes that it announced a previous $2.9 billion investment in 2016 and has put $21 billion into its domestic operations since 2009.
Further, in the last four years, the company has “created 25,000 jobs in the U.S.” and “added nearly $3 billion in annual wages and benefits to the U.S. economy,” according to their statement.
“As the U.S. manufacturing base increases its competitiveness, we are able to further increase our investment, resulting in more jobs for America and better results for our owners,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra in a press release. “The U.S. is our home market and we are committed to growth that is good for our employees, dealers, and suppliers and supports our continued effort to drive shareholder value.”
ABC News’ Katherine Faulders contributed to this report.
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