Trump Reveals He Doesn't Know Japanese Cars Are Made in U.S.

On November 6, during his trip to Japan Trump told executives from Toyota and Mazda "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."

According to CNN, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association estimates its members build nearly 4 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2016, employing 90,00 people. Trump's request "is not reflective of today's reality," an American academic in Japan told CNN.


Washington Post's Aaron Blake complains that this quote is taken out of context, citing other remarks that seem to acknowledge Japanese manufacturing in the U.S. Others have suggested that prepared remarks referred to U.S. plants, but that Trump's off script comments are ambiguous at best.