Speaking to CNN, Ford CEO Mark Fields claimed the move was not due to a deal with President-elect Donald Trump. "We didn't cut a deal with Trump. We did it for our business," he told CNN.
Ford said the investment in Flat Rock will create 700 new jobs, in part to build a new small fully-electric SUV that will be on sale by 2020.
Ford informed "the president-elect and the VP-elect this morning." NOW you know the context for Trump's 7:30am tweet about Ford's rival GM— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 3, 2017
The news also puts Trump's earlier Tweet slamming GM for building some Cruze models in Mexico into context. As CNN points out, via Twitter, Trump was informed this morning about Ford's move in Mexico.