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Trump’s Taking Credit Where No Credit Is Due

The president says he’s already succeeded in bringing auto-sector jobs back. Has he?
Source: Charlie Riedel / AP

On Tuesday, Ford Motor Company announced a $1.2 billion investment in three Michigan plants—a move that was preceded by a 3:30 a.m. tweet from President Trump touting the job gains that the company’s announcement would bring. But as much as Trump tries to link himself to increases in auto-industry investment, the narrative is a dubious one. Massive car companies take a long time to make large investments, and it’s market forces, not White House policy, that are mostly behind recent moves from Mexico to the U.S.

According to Ford’s announcement, the company is putting $850 million

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