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Ford CEO on defense after false claims made by Donald Trump

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Ford's CEO is on the defense after he says false claims about the company were made by Donald Trump.

Mark Fields said the Republican's recent statements over Ford's plan to move U.S. operations to Mexico is flat wrong.

Trump made the statement Thursday after hearing word of the automakers plan to expand operations south of the border.

"It used to be, cars were made in Flint, Michigan and you couldn't drink the water in Mexico.  Now cars are made in Mexico, and you can't drink the water in Flint, Michigan,” Trump said.

Fields had a firm response on CNN when asked if Ford would cut any U.S. jobs as part of its plan to build a new plant in Mexico, saying zero jobs will be lost.

"It's really unfortunate when politics get in the way of the facts and the facts are Ford's investment in the U.S. and commitment to American jobs has never been stronger,” Fields said. “As I said earlier, we've created over 28,000 jobs here in the U.S. and we're going to be retaining or creating another 8,500.”

Ford said Michigan factory workers who build the cars moving to Mexico will build other Ford models instead.

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