From an article at Agence France Presse (AFP), via news:

Ford not scrapping plans to build Mexico factories: company exec

Ford is sticking with its plan to build two new factories in Mexico, despite an announcement last month that it had scrapped plans for a plant in the central state of San Luis Potosi.

The US carmaker said a planned factory in the central state of Guanajuato will build engines and transmissions, while another in the northern city of Chihuahua will make car parts for use by Ford factories in the United States, South America and Asia.

The two facilities will cost about $2.5 billion and employ some 3,800 people, said Gabriel Lopez, president and CEO of Ford Mexico.

Ford without warning last month canceled plans to build a $1.6 billion project in San Luis Potosi.

Didn’t Donald Trump say he had negotiated/talked/forced Ford into scrapping plans to build plants and move thousands of jobs to Mexico?

So what gives?  Let’s see:

-Did Trump lie?  Well, the article says that Ford canceled plans to build a $1.6 billion dollar project in Mexico.

-Did Trump exaggerate?  Well, the article says that Ford is still building 2 facilities in Mexico, at a cost of $2.5 billion dollars, that will employ 3,800 people there.

-Did Trump tell the truth?  Well, he said he talked Ford into not building in Mexico and keeping the jobs here.  And what appears to be the single largest project of the three was canceled in Mexico.

As you can see, there is a credible argument for all three positions.

Now:  is the headline of this article – i.e. what a great many people will take away from it – truthful?

Well, it says “Ford not scrapping plans to build Mexico factories: company exec”.  There is no indication at all that the largest facility of the three was scrapped.  

This directly suggests that President Trump was either ignorant of reality or lying.  How else can it be taken?

My last question:  When a headline leads you to a definitive conclusion that is not – repeat, NOT – definitive at all, is it “fake news”?

You tell me.

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