TRUMP, about former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: "We won Michigan — first time in decades. And you know what we've done? Many, many car plants are now opening up ... I said, 'Shinzo, please do me a favor, we need more car companies. ... We want them built here, not in Japan, please.' He said, 'But we cannot do that, this is a free enterprise system.' I said, '... Please, I need some car companies.' ... I said, 'Shinzo, you have to do it.' Next day, it was the story: 'Five car companies opened up in Michigan.'" — North Carolina rally Saturday.
THE FACTS: Trump is making up the story.
No Japanese automaker assembly plants have been announced or built in Michigan, let alone in one day, and there are no plans to add any.
There is one manufacturing facility, a joint venture between General Motors and Honda, south of Detroit. It's the $85 million expansion of an existing facility to make hydrogen fuel cells with about 100 new jobs, according to the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Subaru has a new research center with about 100 new jobs, and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and Toyota have announced expansions of research facilities. These are not new "car plants" run by Japanese automakers.
In fact, the number of auto and parts manufacturing jobs in Michigan fell between Trump's inauguration and February of this year, before the coronavirus took hold. When Trump took office there were 174,200 jobs, and that dropped to 171,800 in February, according to Labor Department statistics. In July, the most recent figures available, there were 154,400 auto and parts manufacturing jobs in Michigan.