GM Responds To Donald Trump: We Will Continue ‘To Build Where We Sell’

Mon, Jan 9, 2017 1,749

General Motors has apparently decided to expand on its three-sentence-long press release responding to an attack from President-elect Donald Trump.

GM CEO Mary Barra told reporters at the North American International Auto Show on Monday that the company will continue “to build where we sell,” according to the Detroit Free Press. Barra’s comments are in response to a tweet from Trump threatening to impose a tariff on Mexican-built Chevrolet Cruzes.

The President-elect added Barra — along with Tesla’s Elon Musk and Uber’s Travis Kalanick — to his Strategic and Policy Forum, which will focus on economic growth.

“Our general principle is to build where we sell, and that is primarily what we do both in China and the (U.S.),” Barra said, via Freep. “We’re going to work (with Trump) to make the business stronger and make America stronger, and also recognize that we are a global company.”

Trump has tweeted similar threats at Ford and, most-recently, Toyota. But Gary Hufbauer, a researcher at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, reportedly told the Chicago Tribune any taxes on individual manufacturers would likely be challenged and overturned in court.

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