Campaign Promises & Manufacturing Jobs

When both Carrier and Ford announced that they would cancel plans to move jobs overseas, President Trump was quick to take credit. Both companies later reversed course again and stated that they would continue with their outsourcing plans.

While President Trump was happy to claim credit for the apparent decisions by Carrier and Ford to keep certain manufacturing jobs in the US, it is not clear to what extent those decisions – or their subsequent reversals – were actually based on any specific policies of the Trump administration.

Carrier

In early 2016, heating and air conditioning manufacturer Carrier Corporation announced that it would move over 2,000 jobs from plants in Indiana to Mexico. Then, shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Carrier announced that it would keep more than 1,000 of those jobs in Indiana, citing financial incentives from Indiana and the possibility of pro-business policies under the Trump administration.

In May 2017, Carrier announced that it would begin laying off hundreds of workers from those same plants – and layoffs began on July 20, 2017.

Ford

In April 2016, Ford Motor Co. announced that it was planning to build a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico to build small cars. Shortly after the 2016 presidential election, Ford announced that it had cancelled those plans, and would instead expand its plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. Then-President-Elect Donald Trump was quick to take credit for Ford’s decision.

Despite that reversal, Ford later announced that it plans to manufacture its next-generation Ford Focus model in China, rather than in the United States or Mexico.

American Oversight is investigating both moves to determine what communications each company may have had with the Trump administration about their plans – and whether Trump officials knew about the outsourcing decisions before they became public.

Related Documents

November 29, 2017

Records From DOL Regarding Ford

Department of Labor
Agency Record
November 20, 2017

No Records Responses From DOL to Requests Seeking Communications Regarding Ford

Department of Labor
Agency Reply
November 1, 2017

DOL Records Regarding Ford

Department of Labor
Agency Reply
October 30, 2017

No Records Response Regarding Carrier Communications

Department of Labor
Agency Reply
October 23, 2017

No Records Response Regarding Carrier

Department of Labor
Agency Reply
October 23, 2017

NRR From DOL’s Office of Public Affairs

Department of Labor
Agency Reply
October 23, 2017

No Regards Response Regarding White House Communications

Department of Labor
Agency Reply
September 11, 2017

FOIA to DOL About Ford Factory Decision

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
September 7, 2017

FOIA to DOL Seeking Communications with Carrier

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
September 7, 2017

FOIA to DOL Seeking White House Communications

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
September 7, 2017

FOIA to DOL Seeking Ford Communications

Department of Labor
FOIA Request
August 28, 2017

USTR No Responsive Records

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Reply
August 9, 2017

USTR Response to Request for Communications with Trump Team Over Ford Moving to China

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Agency Reply
July 19, 2017

FOIA to USTR Regarding Carrier Layoffs

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
July 19, 2017

FOIA to Treasury Regarding Carrier Layoffs

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
July 19, 2017

FOIA to Commerce Regarding Carrier Layoffs

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
July 19, 2017

FOIA Request to Commerce Regarding Carrier Jobs

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
July 19, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury regarding Carrier Jobs

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
July 19, 2017

FOIA Request to USTR Regarding Carrier Jobs

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
July 14, 2017

FOIA Request to USTR Regarding Ford China Jobs

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
July 14, 2017

FOIA Request to US Trade Representative Communications Ford to China Snyder Ford Congress

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
FOIA Request
July 14, 2017

FOIA Request to Commerce Regarding Ford China Jobs

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
July 14, 2017

FOIA Request to Department of Commerce Communications Ford to China Snyder Ford Congress

Department of Commerce
FOIA Request
July 14, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury Regarding Ford China Jobs

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request
July 14, 2017

FOIA Request to Treasury Department Communications Ford to China Snyder Ford Congress

Department of the Treasury
FOIA Request