Ford Exec Confirms Meeting With Trump Regarding Layoff Statements

Oct 06, 2016 04:53 AM EDT | Fritz Flores

Bill Ford Jr., the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, has recently addressed Donald Trump's remarks about cutting off workforce in the United States through a recent one-on-one meeting with the presidential candidate.

Ford felt the need to confront Trump regarding the said statements as he found those extremely infuriating and frustrating, the executive tells members of the Economic Club of Washington.

During the meeting, Ford noted that Trump was very open to their clarifications but he is not sure as to what the real intention of the remarks are as they were delivered in the midst of campaign stops.

"Well, I had a very good meeting with him. He was a very good listener and he knows the facts, but who knows what the campaign trail is all about," he added. 

According to The Washington Post, Trump has previously made light of companies such as Ford and their plans to transfer their manufacturing plants to Mexico where labor rates are considerably lower. As a result, at least 26,000 workers will potentially be laid off - a move that is regarded by the candidate as "disgraceful" and "horrible".

This was strongly contested by the automaker, noting that the transfer will in no way affect any jobs in the United States. In fact, Ford also added that they felt they deserve some merit for their contributions to the economy.

"We should be celebrated I think in some ways as the great American car company," Ford tells Time while adding that "we make more cars and trucks here than anyone else," the executive tells Time.

Such sentiments were echoed by the United Auto Workers, who mentioned that they have recently sealed a partnership with Ford to realign investments within the country in light of the company's manufacturing expansion.

This includes a $700 million investment in the Michigan plant, which will expedite the production of Ford's popular pickup trucks such as the Bronco and the Ranger, as reported by Auto World News earlier.

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