Trump claims BMW announced new US plant after automaker said it would consider one

Trump claims BMW announced new US plant after automaker said it would consider one
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE on Thursday sought to downplay planned layoffs by General Motors by claiming BMW had announced a new plant in the U.S., even though the automaker has only said it's considering opening a new factory.

"General Motors is very counter to what other auto, and other, companies are doing. Big Steel is opening and renovating plants all over the country," Trump wrote on Twitter.


"Auto companies are pouring into the U.S., including BMW, which just announced a major new plant," he added. "The U.S.A. is booming!"

The president was apparently reacting to comments from BMW CEO Harald Krueger, who told reporters at the Los Angeles auto show on Tuesday that the company was considering adding a new plant to support its operations in Mexico and Spartanburg, S.C.

In a statement to ABC News shortly after Trump's tweet, BMW said it has "talked for the past few years about an engine plant to support our North American production and sales and we're now again investigating this option."

BMW did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The German-based automaker has its largest plant in South Carolina, which ships more than 70 percent of its annual production to other export markets.

Trump has regularly touted the strength of the economy and claimed manufacturing jobs have been resurgent under his administration. But he was dealt a major blow this week when GM announced it planned to slash approximately 15,000 jobs and close manufacturing sites in Lordstown, Ohio, Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., and Oshawa, Ontario in Canada, as well as auto parts factories in Warren, Mich., and White Marsh, Md.

The president has since threatened to cut off incentives for GM's electric cars and floated new tariffs on auto imports in response.

GM has said it appreciates “the actions this administration has taken on behalf of industry to improve the overall competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing” and that “many of the U.S. workers impacted” by the layoff announcement “will have the opportunity to shift to other GM plants.”