President Trump delivered a rebuke to Japan Inc. on Monday.
“Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over. Is that possible to ask? That’s not rude. Is that rude? I don’t think so,” Trump told executives from local automakers during a trip to Japan.
At the same time, Trump thanked Japanese automakers for “building new plants and doing expansions” of existing facilities in the United States. He praised Toyota (TM) and Mazda (MZDAF) for planning a new $1.6 billion manufacturing plant in the U.S.