CNN Selectively Edits Trump Quote on Japanese Auto Production in US

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech at the opening of a state banquet hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo Monday Nov. 6 2017

President Trump called on Japan to build cars in the USA instead of building them in the country and then shipping them to U.S.

Throughout his first 10 months in office, Donald Trump has continued to hammer at the vaguely mercantilist trade agenda that vaulted him into the White House, making up the facts as necessary.

Kicking off his trip in Japan, whose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wisely flew to the USA immediately after Trump's election victory to kiss both the Donald and Ivanka's rings, and spent a weekend at Mar-a-Lago in February crashing a wedding with the president, Trump has struggled to give the base what they want.

Calls for the Japanese to build more vehicles in the US have echoed through American politics for decades.

When you add Hyundai, Kia, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen, 48 percent of all vehicles assembled in the USA a year ago were produced by companies other than Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers.

"Today we pay tribute to that legacy - a legacy you protect and grow each and every day", he said. But, "there's no single place I'd rather begin my trip than right here with all with you, the incredible men and women of the United States military [and] your unbelievable partners, the [Air Defense Command of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force]", Trump said.

At the same time, Trump thanked Japanese automakers for "building new plants and doing expansions" of existing facilities in the United States. Trump has apparently forgotten about this or, more possibly, has never bothered to learn about these key facts of the automaking industry.

Foreign firms have been eager to play up their investments in the USA following the election of Trump, who blames lopsided trade agreements for decimating American industry and killing blue-collar jobs. "Is that possible to ask? If you could build them".

"I have to say that for the last many decades, Japan has been winning". Congratulations. Come on, let me shake your hand.

In a visit to Residence of the US Ambassador, Trump stated that, "We made the greatest military equipment in the world". Mazda also announced in August that it was working with Toyota and investing $1.6 billion to build a manufacturing plant in the United States - and which Trump acknowledged will produce 4,000 jobs in the country. "But I never ran, so I wasn't very experienced".

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