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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s secret seems to have gotten out

September 28, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — It sounded like inside dope coming from President Donald Trump.

He told an Indiana audience on Wednesday that five big car factories or expansions are coming to the U.S. but he’s not supposed to talk about it. Turns out his secret may not be so secret, or so big, after all.

A day before he spoke mysteriously about five factories on the horizon, Toyota announced it was putting more money into five existing U.S. plants. The move adds only 50 jobs.

Could big new factories also be on the horizon? Always possible, but an expansion of the magnitude hinted at by Trump is unlikely in the declining U.S. auto market. And Trump has been known to boast about investments that don’t materialize or were planned before he took office.

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