Ford Motor criticizes Trump immigration order

Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:12pm EST
 
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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote) on Monday criticized President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order, becoming one of the highest profile U.S. manufacturers to question the decision to temporarily ban travelers coming from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The leader of Goldman Sachs also criticized the order and FedEx and UPS said they were reviewing its impact. The chief of Tesla has said he would ask members of a business advisory council to come up with potential changes to recommend to the White House.

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. and Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields said in a statement to employees that the company does not support what it called a new U.S. travel ban.

"We do not support this policy or any other that goes against our values as a company," they said, adding that Ford is not aware of any employees directly affected by the policy.

Ford's statement came the same day that Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Quote) Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein became the first major Wall Street chief to say he did not support the immigration policy.

Fields met twice with Trump last week to talk about economic issues. Ford was harshly criticized by Trump during the campaign for moving some production to Mexico, but he has praised the automaker in recent weeks for announcing new U.S. investments.

Ford is based in Dearborn, Michigan, home to one of the largest Arab-American populations in the United States.

General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote), Fiat Chrysler Group NV (FCHA.MI: Quote), Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote) and Honda Motor Co (7267.T: Quote) have declined to comment on the immigration order.   Continued...

 
A billboard welcoming Ford Motor Co is seen at an industrial park in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, January 4, 2017.  REUTERS/Christine Murray