On Japanese vehicles made in US, Trump misses mark

Melania was welcomed by Akie Abe the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mikimoto's flagship pearl shop

Melania was welcomed by Akie Abe the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mikimoto's flagship pearl shop

"That's not too much to ask", Trump said during an appearance before Japanese business executives. "Is that rude to ask?" he said.

Moving to the topic of automobiles, Trump complained that virtually no American cars are sold in Japan, while millions of Japanese cars are sold back at home in the states. This time it was about the Japanese automotive industry. "Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over", he added, apparently forgetting, or conveniently ignoring, the fact that 75 percent of Japanese cars and trucks sold in the US are made in North America.

The real question is, where on earth does the president get his intel from?

The president has embarked upon an Indo-Pacific trip of numerous nations such as Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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Japanese automakers manufacturing in the USA includes Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi, and the country's auto companies built 3.9 million vehicles in the U.S.in 2015, according to JAMA.

On Monday, the president went on a similar tangent, saying, "For the last many decades, Japan has been winning. And you do know that".

"Our trade with Japan is not fair and it's not open", he said Monday. What's more, they employ 1.5 million Americans and have invested about $45.6 billion in the U.S.

President then added while describing about trades that Japan deals with the USA, "I have to say that for the last many decades, Japan has been winning".

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Nissan says that it sold 1.5 million vehicles in the US last year, and made 1 million in the country - although some of those were for export. In fact, about 75 percent of Japanese branded cars sold in North America are also manufactured within the continent.

Toyota, for example, is spending $1.3 billion to upgrade a facility in Kentucky. He has taken credit for jobs and factories that were already in the US, praised himself for stock-market gains that have been ongoing for more than eight years, and insulted, in predictably misleading ways, almost any country with which America does business.

Nissan has manufacturing bases in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee and Sabaru has one in Indiana.

In August, Toyota and Mazda announced plans to invest $1.6 billion in a new jointly operated assembly plant to be built in the U.S. More important, Trump really likes Abe.

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