Despite Trump tweet, Ford says it won't make hatchback in US

Xinhua  Sipa USA  Newscom

Xinhua Sipa USA Newscom

President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that there's a simple solution: just make the products in the United States where there'd be zero tariffs.

The statement came after Trump tweeted about an article from August 31, when Ford announced that it was canceling plans to make the Focus Active, a compact crossover, in China and ship them to the United States.

Apple, in pushing back on the tariff proposal, said it bought more than $50 billion worth of components from US-based suppliers a year ago and that it's the largest U.S. corporate tax payer.

"It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the US given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units and its competitive segment", the company said in a statement, according to The New York Times. Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automotive Research said Ford can make Focuses "in many other plants around the world, so if they made a decision to continue to sell a Focus variant in the U.S. market, there are several options other than building it in the United States". It stopped making Focus sedans at a Wayne, Michigan, plant in May.

Auto industry analyst Ed Kim told the Guardian that Trump's tariffs have, effectively, ruined Ford's plan for the Focus.

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"Ford has abruptly killed a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the U.S. because of the prospect of higher U.S. Tariffs", Trump wrote in a message on September 9, citing CNBC.

Mr Trump last Friday threatened duties on another US$267 billion (S$368 billion) of goods on top of US$200 billion in imports primed for levies in coming days.

The two countries have already exchanged tens of billions of dollars in tariffs on the other's imports, leading to growing concerns of a trade war between the world's two largest economies.

Trump tweeted that "Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China - but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive".

The world's two biggest economies are clashing over US allegations that China deploys predatory tactics - including outright cybertheft - to acquire technology from USA companies and challenge American technological dominance.

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