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Trump falsely claims credit for saving Ford plant

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Donald Trump late Thursday taking credit for keeping a Ford factory in the US, Tweeting that Bill Ford told him he'd be keeping a plant in Kentucky and not moving it to Mexico. A plan that Trump claims to have, quote, worked hard on. Only one problem, the company was never planning to move the plant to Mexico.
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Ford has repeatedly said it has no plans to close any US plants, and likely could not do so under the terms of the current United Auto Workers contract that expires in 2019. The firm did say it informed Trump that the decision was to keep one vehicle in US production, while moving ahead with plans to shift production of small cars to Mexico from Michigan.
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This is not the first time Trump's comments about Ford production have been called into question. Last year, he took credit for Ford moving work from Mexico to Ohio, while the automaker had already made the decision in 2011, long before Trump announced a run for president. He's also at times incorrectly stated that Ford planned to fire American workers because of it's Mexican investments.
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During his campaign, the republican candidate also said that if elected, he would not allow Ford to open a new plant in Mexico, and would slap hefty tariffs on any Ford vehicles made there. Bill Ford has said Trump's criticism was infuriating and frustrating because of the companies extensive investments and employment in the US.
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As the Internet swells with the proliferation of fake and misleading information, and with an incoming President willfully blurring the lines between fact and fiction, it's no wonder that Oxford Dictionaries deemed the word of 2016 to be 'Post-truth".