After President-elect Donald Trump boasted that he was the reason for Fiat and Chrysler’s $1 billion expansion in the state of Ohio and Michigan in number of tweets on Monday, parent company FCA US insisted that the president-elect played no part in it, according to ThinkProgress.
Trump Tweeted “It’s finally happening – Fiat Chrysler just announced plans to invest $1 Billion in Michigan and Ohio plants, adding 2000 jobs,” on Monday morning, after the company declared on Sunday that it would be creating 2,000 new U.S. jobs.
Donald Trump also took credit for the Fiat and Chrysler’s decision while talking to reporters at Trump Tower. “You just saw what happened with Fiat where they’re going to build a massive plant in the United States in Michigan. And, we’re very happy,” he said.
FCA spokeswoman Jodi Tinson told ThinkProgress, “This plan was in the works back in 2015. This announcement…was just final confirmation.” Tinson made it clear that Trump winning the election played no part in the company’s expansion.
According to the FCA US announcement, the newest expansion is part of the “second phase of an industrialization plan” that was first announced last January.
This statement is contradictory to the one given by Massimo Vecchio who claims that “All major corporations are moving along the line of what Trump asked. They could get in exchange very likely a massive cut in the corporate tax rate, which is possible only if the U.S. increases” its gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity.