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General Motors lied; Donald Trump told the truth

If anyone has wondered why I frequently use CNNMoney’s Heather Long as a source, this is why: she reports both sides of the story!

Trump was right about Mexican-made GM cars

by Heather Long | @byHeatherLong | January 19, 2017: 10:03 AM EST

Donald Trump doesn’t like things made in Mexico.

On January 3, he slammed GM, one of America’s big three automakers, for manufacturing cars in Mexico to sell across the border in the U.S. He focused his firepower on the Chevy Cruze, one of GM’s signature small cars.

“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!” Trump tweeted at the time.

A huge debate ensued: Did Trump have his facts right? GM (GM) was quick to say no. The company issued a statement claiming it makes all Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. at a big factory in Lordstown, Ohio. (Read the full statement at the end of this article).

But it turns out, what Trump tweeted was true.

There’s a lot more at the link, including documentation that, despite what General Motors said on January 3, 2017, there are Chevrolet Cruze’s assembled in Mexico being sold in the United States.

Now, what am I supposed to believe? Am I supposed to believe that GM made an innocent mistake, that somehow the corporation officers didn’t know that Cruze’s assembled south of the border weren’t being shipped to the United States? If the corporate officers didn’t know where the care were going, why did they make an unambiguous statement that none were shipped to the United States? And if they did know, wouldn’t that make the January 3 statement a deliberate lie?

There are two, and only two possibilities:

  1. Either General Motors is wracked by incompetency in upper management; or
  2. General Motors top corporate officials deliberately lied to the American people.

It almost doesn’t matter which one is correct, and it’s possible that both are true.
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Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.