Donald Trump has repeatedly accused Ford Motor’s of moving jobs outside of the country, an attack that Ford CEO Mark Fields is taking exception with.
Fields responded to Trump’s criticism in a recent interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow.
Fields says Ford is committed to adding jobs in the US.
In July Trump attacked Ford for moving jobs to Mexico. “What does that do? We don’t get anything. Does Mexico come here and build factories here? We lose a fortune with every deal” that adds jobs overseas, Trump proclaimed.
Field’s has pointed out that the company has been rapidly adding jobs over the last five years.
“We’ve created 25,000 jobs [in the U.S.] since 2011, and going forward over the next four years we’ve agreed to either retain or add another 8,500 jobs,” Fields said. “The amount of money that we invest in [research and development] here is more than companies like Apple.”
The company spend $7 billion in R&D in the US in 2014.
Trump has been angered by Ford’s decision to spend $2.5 billion in its Mexican operations.
Ford recently skirted its Mexico plans, choosing a location in Ohio instead. Trump has attempted to take credit for that shift in operations.
Ford claims that it made the decision to open the plant in Ohio four years ago, during union negotiations.
“We are absolutely proud of what we do to contribute to economic development in our home country,” Fields said. “At the same time, we’re a multinational company and it’s really important for us to be competitive around the world.”
Fields says he has been exchanging notes with Trump, who responded: “Thanks for your note.”