WASHINGTON - Ford Motor's executive chairman revealed Wednesday that he had met with
"I've had a very good meeting with him," Ford Jr. said at the Economic Club of
The great-grandson of company founder
But Trump's attacks on Ford Motor have only escalated since then, with the nominee citing the automaker's growth in Mexico as an example of failed free-trade policies.
"Our jobs are fleeing the country. They are going to Mexico," Trump said last week during the first presidential debate. "So, Ford is leaving — thousands of jobs. Leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio. They are all leaving."
Ford Jr. seemed resigned to the likelihood that Trump's attacks would continue despite what he called "a great meeting" in which Trump asked "thoughtful" questions.
"The campaign trail is a different animal than anything I'm ever familiar with, so whatever he's saying he's going to say, I suppose," Ford Jr. told reporters after an on-stage interview with private equity executive David Rubenstein. "But the facts, in my mind, speak for themselves."
Ford Motor is moving production of the Ford Focus and
Ford Motor has hired 26,000 workers and invested $12 billion in the U.S. since it narrowly avoided insolvency while competitors
"I would like to think Ford is everything that should be celebrated about what's right with the country," Ford Jr. said Wednesday. "We didn't go bankrupt, we paid back our loans, we did it the old-fashioned way, we pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps."
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