General Motors confirmed yesterday that it's making another major investment in domestic manufacturing, which will save or create about 1,500 jobs. Donald Trump wants Americans to credit his awesomeness for the announcement, but an NBC News report
makes clear that the president-elect doesn't actually deserve the acclaim.
[S]everal GM officials stressed that the latest moves were in the works for months and, in some cases several years, and were not a reaction to criticism by president-elect Donald Trump. [...]
Investment decisions of this magnitude and involving changes to manufacturing operations are typically the result of several years of study and require months of consideration by a company's board of directors, noted David Cole, director-emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in a discussion this week. That would suggest that the latest GM investment project began as far back as 2014.
This morning, the Republican president-elect interrupted his busy schedule to complain on Twitter that NBC News' report was "biased
." (He keeps using that word, but I don't think it means what he thinks it means.) He said any reports that fail to acknowledge Trump's role in recently announced job creation are "FAKE NEWS" -- the all-caps appeared in the original -- adding
that the jobs "came back because of me!"
The man clearly loves his exclamation points.
I can appreciate why he's frustrated. When Trump sees news reports about positive economic developments, he probably thinks to himself, "Wow, I'm amazing. I haven't even taken office yet and look at all the great news." Then pesky media organizations point out annoying details -- such as the fact Trump had nothing to do with the positive economic developments -- which likely leads Trump to think, "Those reports can't be right, because I really am
The president-elect's fragile ego notwithstanding, the relevant facts are plain and unbiased. As a Slate report
explained with additional details, there's literally nothing to connect Trump to GM's announcement. If this hurts the president-elect's feelings, that's a shame, but reality can be unforgiving.
The broader point, meanwhile, is that Trump keeps demanding credit for jobs he had nothing to do with. read more