Trump tells Japan to build cars in US instead of shipping them over

Trump tells Japan to build cars in US instead of shipping them over
© Greg Nash

President Trump called on Japan to build more cars in the U.S. during his stop in the country as part of his first official tour of Asia as president.

"Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over,” Trump said at an event with Japanese business executives, according to a pool report.

“That's not rude?” he added.


Three out of every four Japanese brand cars sold in North America were manufactured on the continent, according to Columbus Business First.

And Mazda and Toyota announced in August that they were investing $1.6 billion to start a new manufacturing plant in the U.S. that will create about 4,000 new jobs.

Trump added that “Japan has been winning” when it comes to trade deals with the U.S.

“I have to say that for the last many decades, Japan has been winning. And you do know that,” Trump said.

Trump has long called for the U.S. to have move favorable trade relations with other countries, including Japan. He told reporters one day earlier that he and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would be having “major discussions” on trade during the trip.

Trump also bragged about the quality of U.S. military equipment during the event.

“We make the greatest military equipment in the world. There’s nothing close. [Abe] is ordering a lot of military equipment, as he should be, given what’s happening with one of your neighbors,” Trump said, referring to North Korea, during a visit to the U.S. ambassador’s residence.