Trump Tweets Ford Can Make SUV in US It Won't.

Workers pack tinned peaches for export at a fruits processor in Huaibei city in central China's Anhui province. — AP

Earlier this year, Ford restricted its manufacturing in the United States to the Mustang and its range of SUVs with the popular Focus sedan winding up production in May.

President Trump waded into the global auto industry again in his ongoing trade war over the weekend, tweeting on Sunday about Ford's decision not to import its Focus Active from China because of import tariffs and proclaiming, "This vehicle can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A." where the company would pay no tariffs.

Following Ford's decision not to import the Focus Active from China, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to claim that the tariffs on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can now be built in the United States. CNBC. This is just the beginning. "The conclusion was for the iPhone (not now impacted by Tariffs) moving production (100% of final assembly) to the US would need 20% price increases to offset the incremental labor costs". According to the automaker, the levies President Trump is threatening to impose on China-imported vehicles would be simply too much for the company. The Trump's tweet on Saturday came after Apple hinted at increasing the price of its products. Ford originally planned to make the next gen Focus Active - a cross hatchback version of the standard Focus to Mexico but changed those plans to make the economy auto in China instead. "Start building new plants now", Trump tweeted.

"This forces Ford to forfeit the sales they would have had if they could continue to import that low-volume niche vehicle", Gabrielsen said.

For the Focus Active, the tariffs on Chinese vehicles changed everything. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that Trump's proposed tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would amount to a 25% tax on products such as AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePod, and others shipped to the United States, and those costs would likely be passed to customers.

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Also on Friday, Tesla disclosed that its chief of accounting, Dave Morton , was leaving the company only weeks after being hired. He said accomplishing things and being useful to others kept him going, as he urged others to spend less time on social media.

The Trump administration began imposing higher taxes on goods imported from China this summer.

The administration in July implemented a 27.5 percent tariff on cars imported from China, which the Asian nation countered with a 40 percent levy on US automobile imports.

The $200bn of Chinese goods on the United States list includes consumer products such as cameras and recording devices, luggage, handbags, tires and vacuum cleaners, with additional tariffs ranging from 10 to 25 percent.

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

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