Last week we brought you a story about another Donald Trump tweet. This time his target was General Motors.
General Motors CEO, Mary Barra
But it turned out Trump was just completely wrong. Whether he was lying or just woefully misinformed, we’ll leave to you to decide. But in any case, Trump tweeted the following:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017
GM made quick work of Trump’s ignorance, however, and cleared the air with an official response. In a statement made to CNBC, GM made it clear that only a very small number of those Mexican-made cars are sold in the United States. “All Chevrolet Cruze sedans sold in the U.S. are built in GM’s assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback for global markets in Mexico, with a small number sold in the U.S.” CNBC goes on to report that out of 190,000 Chevy Cruzes sold in the U.S., just a little over 2%, or 4,500 cars were made in Mexico.
Today, however, the CEO of General Motors weighed in on Trump’s tweet-attack. Her response was carefully crafted and clear, and her statement made it clear that she is an adult, capable of thinking and communicating as an adult. By responding this way, she strikes a powerful contrast to Trump’s immature, irresponsible, child-like social media rants.
CBS reported on CEO Mary Barra’s stance and statement, reporting, “Asked if she was worried about a possible tariff, Barra said it was too early to speculate on that. GM’s strategy, she said, has much more in common with Mr. Trump’s goals for trade and jobs than differences. ‘I very much look forward to being part of the solution that allows the country to be strengthened along with business, along with our manufacturing capability,’ she said.”