Trump Warns Toyota To Build In US, Not Mexico, Or 'Pay Big Border Tax'

Evan Vucci

Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon blasted Toyota Motor Corporation over the company's plans to build a new factory in Mexico, which were announced in April.

Trump has previously called out American companies for plans to move factory jobs abroad, but Toyota is based in Japan, not the United States.

Trump wrote that Toyota plans to build a new plant in Baja. However, the company plans to expand production at an existing Baja plant and announced the construction of a new car plant in Guanajuato in April.

The President-elect's tweet lashing out at the Japanese company follows a Thursday report in the Wall Street Journal noting that the company's president would like to work with Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda said that his company is "aligned with the incoming administration in that it wants to be a good corporate citizen and grow employment in countries where it operates plants." Toyoda said he will keep track of Trump's policies on trade, according to the report.

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Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.
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