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 bragged about 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.