Published: Wed, November 08, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump asks Japan to build cars in the US It already does

Trump asks Japan to build cars in the US It already does

"That's not too much to ask", Trump urged during an appearance before Japanese business executives. "Is that rude to ask?" he said.

President Donald Trump on Monday pressed leaders of the Japanese auto industry to up their game, even though many Japanese brands have significantly higher American content than iconic Detroit products like the Ford F-150.

This isn't the first time the subject of Japanese auto imports has been raised.

"The United States has suffered massive trade deficits at the hands of Japan for many, many years", Trump said, according to a Reuters report.

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The real question is, where on earth does the president get his intel from?

Trump argues trade with Japan is neither fair nor open.

"We want free and reciprocal trade, but right now our trade with Japan is not free and it's not reciprocal and I know it will be and we've started the process", Trump added. It was a tragic incident, Trump said, according to the agency.

So where, then, does Trump go to try to lessen the trade deficit? Exports from Japan to the US have fallen from 3.5 million cars a year in 1986 to just over 1.5 million in 2016.

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"Trump asks Japan to build cars in the U.S. It already does", CNN Money reporter Daniel Shane wrote in an apparent attempt to make Trump look dumb.

The New York Times previously noted that only 0.3 percent of the cars and light trucks Japanese customers bought previous year were American.

Toyota, for example, is spending $1.3 billion to upgrade a facility in Kentucky. Rather than building cars overseas and importing them, they're building cars here, creating jobs for American workers. He praised Toyota and Mazda for planning a new $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in the U.S. Mazda also announced in August that it was working with Toyota and investing $1.6 billion to build a manufacturing plant in the United States - and which Trump acknowledged will produce 4,000 jobs in the country.

Correction: An earlier headline misstated the context of the president's request. BMW's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, just celebrated its 25th anniversary.

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In the past, Trump accused Japanese leaders of manipulating their currency to make American products more expensive - a charge the country's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, denied.

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