Opinion | Trump is my president. But his tariffs would ruin my company.

Mary Buchzeiger is CEO of Lucerne

Ask me who I am and I will reply, “Mary Buchzeiger, CEO of a $40 million auto supplier in Metro Detroit, employer of 40-plus, and mother of three.” Ask me where I live, and I might joke “Delta 9A.”

I have spent so much time on the road building Lucerne into the international business it is today – away from my kids and my husband – that my forwarding address might as well be an aisle seat on a plane bound for China or Europe.  I’ve sacrificed so much over the years, put in so much hustle and grind to grow an economic powerhouse in the heart of Oakland County.

Now it’s all in jeopardy.

The tariffs proposed by President Trump would cripple my business and many like it in the Midwest.  I write this not as a critic of the president, but as a loyal Republican.

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The beating heart of what often is called “Trump Country” would be stifled by the unintended consequences of these tariffs.  I’m sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s true. I’m fighting for the life of my company and for the livelihood of my employees – and I’m fighting to protect an intricate auto supply chain that creates hundreds of thousands U.S. jobs.

I agree with the president. He’s right. The trade deficit needs to be tamed. But, please, not this way – not on the backs of my employees and the future of our growing business.

Lucerne is a supplier of cast, forged and stamped components and assemblies to the automotive and heavy truck industries. In 2008, when I took over the business, our sales were under $2 million. In just ten years, we’ve grown sales to over $35 million, and with current contracts, will be well over $50 million next year.  

Our workforce is more than 40 people with plans to expand by over 25 percent in the coming year.  That is, unless Washington gets in my way.

Among several other parts, we produce hinges for the Jeep Wrangler.  We have 28 parts on every four-door vehicle rolling off the assembly line in Toledo.  This business amounts to roughly $30 million of annual revenue.

We won this contract because Lucerne is one of the only companies in the world that produces Class-A forgings. Our process combines the strength of forged steel and aluminum and the subtlety of fine art to produce polished-perfect hinges for the Wrangler’s outer body.

We’re damn proud of this work.

It starts overseas – we have seven long-term, strategic manufacturing partners where these hinges are manufactured.  They are then shipped to my plant in Auburn Hills, inspected and repackaged and then sent to another plant located in Milan, Michigan, where they are assembled before being shipped to the Jeep assembly plant in Toledo.

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That’s a supply chain: Thousands of American jobs.

Billions of American dollars.  

For some strange and destructive reason, Lucerne is being targeted by the Trump administration. According to HTS subheading 83021030 “iron or steel, aluminum or zinc hinges designed for motor vehicles” could now be subject to an additional 25 percent duty. If that happens, my plants in Asia will pass that cost to me. I will attempt to pass the increased costs on to my customer, but they will then seek other suppliers –  overseas - because there is no capacity here in the US to produce these parts.

I can’t swallow these costs.  I will essentially be forced out of business.

This week, I’ll be in Washington to participate in a public hearing on the tariffs. I’ll ask for an exclusion of HTS 83021030.

I’m angry, frustrated and scared.

Scared that my president is about to make a terrible mistake.  

Scared for my employees, who love their jobs, who make good money and get their tuitions paid, should they choose to further their schooling.  

Scared for my community and my country, which is about to be blindsided by a bad policy forged of best intentions.

Let me address the elephant in the room.  Yes, these products produced by Lucerne are manufactured in Asia. And, frankly, I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the partnerships forged in years of travel to build a Michigan based business and take it global.

Would I like to move manufacturing back to the United States? Absolutely. As a matter of fact, since 2015, we’ve been searching for a U.S. solution. We have yet to find a manufacturing facility here that has the capacity to take on even one of the parts that we make.  

Because of this, prior to these proposed tariffs being announced, I started to explore opening my own forging plant in mid-Michigan. But it takes time to reverse economic trends – much more time than allowed under the administration’s trade strategy.

And I certainly won’t be able to forge forward US expansion plans if I’m forced to hang an “out of business” sign on my front door.

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H.D.
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 8:48am

And I bet no matter what happens, you'll vote for him in 2020.

Christine
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:19pm

Yup. Accurate! :)

Pete
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 8:52am

Unbelievable. I certainly admire all you’ve accomplished and the sacrifices you’ve made. But I remain mystified how obviously intelligent people like you can continue to support an egomaniac masquerading as a statesman.

Douglas Trevethan
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 8:53am

And meanwhile, the Chinese are investing in a Trump property in Indonesia and the (not my president) Trump is promoting a bailout for a Chinese phone company. Lock him up!

Mike Watza
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:00am

Think. Then vote.

David Richards
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:20am

I don't claim to know the ins and outs of trade policy. But I do know this: protectionism on our side preserving or creating American jobs also costs American jobs; and secondly, the complexity of trade issues is beyond the capacity of our president to understand, as he acts on impulse and anecdotes, not on carefully considered policies.

Crissy
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:28am

"unintended consequences" of these tariffs? unless the president has surrounded himself with idiots -- in which case, don't defend him -- how could the results of the tariffs possibly be "unintended"?

Mary Fox
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:36pm

The only intention is to line Donald Trump's and Putin's pockets. Working very well for him.

Bob Dunn
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:31am

I am really confused about how you could vote Republican. President Obama saved our auto industry and you grew your auto related company to $35 million during his Presidency. Yet, you have to go beg your president to change what he promised to do and try to save your company.

duane
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:15am

GM and Chrysler weren't saved, they went through bankruptcy. Obama didn't save them, he simply became their banker with the money taken from the rest of the country. If GM and Chrysler had disappeared other auto companies [like Ford] would have grown to fill the automobile wants of the public. As those companies would grow and hire parts/service companies to help that growth.

The difference between Obama and Trump is "lead from behind" and stand up front taking the personal attacks facing the problems.

Matt
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 9:03am

I'd differ with you, these weren't real bankruptcies in the previously understood legal meaning. These were designed to save aspects of the businesses and supporter's interests Obama wanted to save (UAW) and maintain liability positions (for attorneys, and "new" GM was being sued for products produced by "old" GM ) while sticking bond holders and shareholders.

Rose
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:35am

Ummm...no. For every Chrysler and GM job that was saved due to the loan/bankruptcy process, 8 other supplier and other indirect jobs were saved. Had those companies gone down, Michigan would have been even worse off than it is now. Please note that the loans were repaid to the US taxpayers.

duane
Thu, 05/17/2018 - 1:37pm

Rose,

You presume that the cars that have been made and purchased would never been made and that would lead to all the jobs disappearing. In reality if they had not been [GM or Chrysler, but Ford or Toyota] the cars still would have been made and purchased and they would have required those jobs that supported GM and Chrysler. Most likely if they would have gone into actual bankrucpy the plant and products would have been bought up and operate by the new owners [I suspect many managers at those companies and many others through out the companies would have had lower benefits and wages].

Please don't deluded yourself that business would stop and Detroit would have been worse. Those companies were in trouble because they weren't making what the public wanted at a price they were willing to pay. The government actions only stretched out the recovery, which normally takes up to a few years has taken 7 or 8 years to reach the point where now were are into the normal recovering period.
As fro Michigan status, GM and Chrysler are the cause nor what is holding us back, it is the cultural. We have to accept that the old manufacturing of Ford, GM, and Chrysler of the 50s and 60s is no more, we are in a knowledge and skills based economy. We as individuals have to prepare ourselves for it. We no longer can show up hat in hand asking for a job where we simply work hard and work long to earn a high pay. We need to learn how to learn and work smarter, no harder, to earn the well paying jobs.

Rather then fill a whole section of the newspaper with athletics we need and added whole section that is promoting knowledge and skills, learning, academic success, financial success, social success based on working smarter.

Anyone that is dwelling on the auto industry as the model for Michigan's future success is trying to see the future by looking into a review mirror and they find Michigan's future at the bottom of a pothole while other states will be enjoy luxuries of the ever change technology and world.

J Hendicks
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:29am

Fair point. I would suggest in your comments in Washington that you push for time before the tariffs kick in so that the transition of bringing forging plants back to the US can be accomplished with less disruption - and maybe more time for you to be the one to bring part of the supply chain back.

Cindi Brody
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:33am

Excuse me for not caring what happened to you.

Kevin Grand
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:25pm

"Of particular importance is China’s emergence as a major exporter, which US leaders encouraged. A pair of papers by economists David Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon Hanson, found that the parts of the US hit hard by Chinese import competition saw manufacturing job loss, falling wages, and the shrinking of their workforces. They also found that offsetting employment gains in other industries never materialized.

Another important paper by this team of economists, along with MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Brendan Price, estimated that competition from Chinese imports cost the US as many as 2.4 million jobs between 1999 and 2011."

https://qz.com/1269172/the-epic-mistake-about-manufacturing-thats-cost-a...

So, Mrs. Buchzeiger, EXACTLY how do you suggest addressing the US trade problem with China?

The status quo has obviously worked wonders so far.

Mike
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:04pm

The unemployment rate of 3.9% suggests that trade is not the jobs problem you seem to think it is.

Kevin Grand
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 2:07pm

The problem there, Matt, is that those lost American Jobs were in manufacturing, generally offering higher pay and benefits.

With China subsidizing their industries and putting other regulations on manufacturing (i.e. requiring building plants within China in order to sell them in China), that has put American Manufacturing at a serious competitive disadvantage.

And the Chinese aren't the only ones who tilted the economic scales to their benefit, while our non-representing "representatives" signed trade deal after trade deal which literally gave away the store in order to engender goodwill by enriching their respective economies while simultaneously decimating ours in the process.

A lot of people that I know take what they can, even at a portion of their former salary, in order to have some money coming in.

That has to end.

Matt
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 7:57pm

Kevin technological advances wiped out more jobs than anything especially in high volume low skill areas. Many of these were low paying nasty jobs, good riddance! We hold our own in low volume high skill areas - mentally challenging and higher paying positions. But more to the point if we had the jobs that you're concerned that we've "lost" where would we find the people to fill them?

Kevin Grand
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 5:45am

Those technological advances turned out to be a double-edged sword, Matt.

Yes, SOME jobs have been replaced by machines. I say some because there are employers who have now realized that robots aren't the magic bullet that they thought it would be. It has also led to a new set of problem: Who will install, program, maintain and update/upgrade those machines?

https://www.barrons.com/articles/robots-wont-solve-the-worker-shortage-1...

https://internetofbusiness.com/mercedes-benz-decides-production-lines-ne...

There still is a shortage in that area.

For far too long, most people have been indoctrinated into believing that the only way to a well-paying career was through a four-year school.

Even The Bridge is guilty of promoting this woefully misguided line of thinking.

Much of what I mentioned above has, and still can, be taken care of either through a trade school or onsite training by an employer.

duane
Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:49pm

Kevin,
The business world [different than government or not for profit] has changed, and the demand for working harder and longer doesn't provide the value they use to. Today it requires that the individual learn the need knowledge and skills, and they work smarter to provide the necessary value to earn the better wage?
Are the people you know willing to take less doing what it takes to learn the knowledge and skills in demand?

Kevin Grand
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:20pm

Duane, let me just say that I know people in transportation and in the building trades who make significantly more that this man did prior to his career change.

https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/he-loved-teaching-math-michiga...

The difference ultimately pay boils down to Econ 101 - supply and demand.

When you discourage people into going into those professions, the supply decreases.

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/04/25/605092520/high-paying-trade-j...

duane
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:23pm

Kevin,

I am not clear on your point in mentioning the transportation and building trades versus teaching.

As for supply and demand, simply no raising pay is not always the deterrent that you seem to suggest. There are many personal reason why people will work in professions that other would feel discourage by the pay; in the case of teachers the nature of the work, the desire in live in a particular location [lack of higher paying jobs there], an unwillingness to sacrifice more to learned new and added knowledge and skills, a resistance to leave what one knows, a resistance to change and a culture of change, etc.
Supply versus demand does work but the drivers of supply may not be as obvious as wages.

One of the most significant changes in moving from working hard to working smarter is the in crease weight on the individual's responsibility for developing their knowledge and skills, and the effort and sacrifice they will have to make for that learning.
Demands become the driving force when all other things are equal. The other consideration is expanding the pool that candidates are drawn from, in the case of teaching why not consider second career candidates, part-time candidates [such as specialized subject matter people, why not a chemical engineer for chemistry, a mechanical or civil for physics, etc., or schedule to a 90 minute session twice a week, or a team approach to math or communications]? Thinking wages is the only driver for employment prevents you from looking for innovative approaches. Even how you frame the role/work/job can open up or close interest. What if we weren't looking for teachers, it was subject matter experts, academic coaches, knowledge and skills developmental resources, that might engage different people to be interested. Another maybe how creative a person is allowed to be in the role, or how they maybe able to leverage their knowledge and skills or the metrics they uses to verify their impact. There is so much more that influences a committed professional than just money,
You may want to expand you appreciation of real world Econ 101 and what influences the supply/demand curve.

Matt
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:47pm

Tariffs to save or create jobs while we're at a 3% unemployment rate with huge labor shortages obviously makes no sense! Of course if Michigan Democrats had their say, President Bernie would enact the same tariffs and with no regulatory relief along with a $15 minimum wage and a big tax increase to pay for everyone's free college, day care and guaranteed government job, so take their comments with a grain of salt. Keep your chin up logic will prevail!

Mike
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:29pm

Speaking of $15 minimum wage... Another noteworthy point regarding Trump and his bizarre, antiquated thoughts on trade: Have you looked at the objectives he has put forth for revising NAFTA? Are Republican's aware that Trump is pushing Mexico to enact a $15 minimum wage for auto jobs?

Arjay
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:50pm

To all those attacking Ms. Buchzeiger I have one simple comment. Why do you think it was so bad voting for our president when the opposition was a power hungry entitlement thinker money grubbing egomaniac who cared nothing for the average American but only for how much she could raise for herself. And no president ever saved an industry. It was the hard work of workers in an industry that saved it. I look at my own investments and hope that we never ever have another socialist liberal in charge of anything.

David Richards
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:23pm

When you refer to "a power hungry entitlement thinker money grubbing egomaniac who cared nothing for the average American but only for how much []he could raise for [him]self", you have pretty well described Donald Trump. Those characteristics were apparent before the election, and are obvious now.

Mary Fox
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:33pm

Well, I thought he was talking about Trump. Wow. Somebody has watched too much Faux News.

Candace
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:50pm

Another fact-based thinking Republican.

One
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 12:42pm

Hey genius,

Hillary has absolutely nothing to do with this. Stop trying to redirect from the problems of this presidency by bringing up Hillary. Hillary hasn't been relevant since the election. Trump and people who voted for Trump should take responsibility for his actions but they're too proud or ignorant to do so. Classic whataboutism is all we're going to see.

Jules
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:55pm

'I never thought leopards would eat MY face,' sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People's Faces Party.

Ann
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 1:35pm

So why is he your president? You don't like this, ok. Tell us what you do like about him. What specifically appeals to you about him or the policies and positions he supports?

RCP
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 2:16pm

Perhaps if you were selling to Iran or North Korea you could get an exemption and help from your president...seems to be working for ZTE in China just not european or American companies

Mary Fox
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 3:35pm

My hope is that those of you who voted for this horror of a president reap all the negatives. Unfortunately, the majority of us who voted for sanity didn't get heard. Gerrymandering Republicans and Russian interference and Republicans with no conscience and unbridled greed will destroy us all. I'd like to have sympathy, but you got EXACTLY what you voted for.

Sheila
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:05pm

Unfortunately the results haven't met the reality and belief of some of the electorate when they voted for Trump.

Did they miss Trumps misogynistic remarks, crude sexual references, humor at the expense of the handicapped? Also his platform where he declared he would build walls, abolish trade agreements, among other promises like open the coal mines. I admit to being confused.

Sheila
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:50pm

Reading Mary Buchzieger's biography and philosophies she sounds as if she would be a progressive businesswoman and person. Yet she considers herself a Republican and Trump supporter. One statement she made and I share is "your beliefs shape your reality". Buchzeigler as a loyal Republican and Trump voter reflects a very different belief system than her professed care for charitities, women's empowerment and employee advancement.

I would love to sit down and have a dialogue with Mary Buchzeigler regarding our belief systems and world values and how they relate to the political parties we support.

Kathryn Duprie
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:08pm

She complains that there’s no supply chain here. That was her choice not to manufacture her parts here. Imagine how many more jobs other than her pitiful 40 that would have been created here had she manufactured here. The company makes 35 million per year for 40 employees? I sure don’t feel sorry for her.

Mike Reno
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:26pm

I’m really curious if the line, “I agree with the president. He’s right. The trade deficit needs to be tamed.” was inserted just to be polite, or if she really believes this?

Why does it need to be “tamed”?

She is involved in trade. She trades her dollars for products and services. It is apparently a fair trade for Lucerne and their suppliers. So why all this angst over the dollar amounts?

This constant uninformed whining about the dollar amount of the trade deficit seems to ignore the half of the trade that importers like Lucerne received, and foolishly only focuses on what they pay. Why are we only looking at one side of the equation… one side of the trade?

Myopically focusing on the dollars alone ignores the benefits of the lower cost Lucerne, Jeep, and ultimately the American consumer enjoy. If it were made here, it would cost more, and perhaps less people would buy, and sales would be lower for Jeep and Lucerne. Those that own stock in profitable companies, and hold it in their 401(k) would perhaps have less for retirement.

This also helps America to conserve it’s natural resources. I presume that natural gas, for example, is used to heat the metal during the casting process. And there is no doubt some sort of emissions from the manufacturing process that I, quite frankly, would prefer to see in China than in the USA.

And it create jobs for Lucerne. Those that need to manage the logistics of importing. Those that handle the accounting piece. Those that do the incoming inspection. The truck driver that delivers the parts. And so on.

It’s also worth noting that much of dollar value of the Chinese trade deficit is “pass through”. We buy electronic products in China. A USB drive would be an example. Something like 60% of the cost of a USB drive is the memory… which is actually manufactured in Korea or Taiwan. The controller chip – another 10% of the cost – is typically made in Taiwan or Singapore. Some of the printed circuit boards are made in Japan. China does the case molding (either plastic or metal), and the final assembly. This sort of component composition is very similar for many electronic products.

And if we were to do the final assembly here, it would not only cost a fortune (and make the product unaffordable), but it would be logistically difficult because, quite frankly, American’s don’t want to do menial factory jobs. Even teens and young adults don’t want to do the small hand assembly jobs that are done in China. And they certainly won’t be willing to sit and do them for 50-60 hours per week.

Trade is not a bad thing.

Suze
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:38pm

Factory, mines, steel mill jobs aren't the gravy jobs they used to be. And they're not coming back, not in numbers we need
She's angry her business which seemed to be booming in Obama years is now at risk. Trump voters seemed angry and like victims. It's the change of the 21st century. Robotics, high CEO salaries, gig economy, lost benefit pkg. It's not all immigrants, taxes, trade pacts. Take your anger, make a noise about community colleges to offer new century jobs.

Trifle
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 5:43pm

"The tariffs proposed by President Trump would cripple my business." Trump promised to impose them, you voted for him, he's delivering on his promise, so why are you complaining? Did you assume that, since Trump is a projectile liar, he was lying about using tariffs? That's the trouble with voting for a liar: you can never know when he means what he says.

Thomas C. Glover
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:17pm

what you only have a problem when if affects you? I have no sympathy for you

Horse
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 9:26pm

"Mr. President--Give me an exclusion! WAHHH!!," says a member of the party of personal responsibility, who is suddenly acting like a handout-seeking welfare queen. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and stop whining! This is "art of the deal" capitalism under Trump. Remember he promised to shake things up and do things his way instead of the "broken" way it's always been done? You're getting exactly what you asked for--too bad you ignored how it was going to impact you and your business. Now get to work and work harder--no complaining!

Sean
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:00pm

From an article in 2017, "She employs 34 people in Michigan and another 16 through her joint ventures in Asia." 50 jobs folks. The 1000s are over in Asia!
She must be a card carrying member of the Chinese communist party, to lobby for them so hard.

Obviously a terrible CEO if she has to spend that much time on an airplane to visit all the chinese subcontracted factories. She "wanted" to build a plant in mid-michigan but the economy is so terrible (because auto sales haven't been booming the last 4 years *eyeroll*) that she spent the money building one in China instead.

Good riddance. She couldn't care less about Michigan or the US for that matter.

sean
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:45pm

Apparently from a may 2018 article she only has 40 employees, which I believe is quoting her testimony. She either fired 20% of her workforce so she could rehire and look better, or she is just a habitual liar or both. I will go with both given the thousands of US jobs line.

Suzanne
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:51pm

So, a "loyal Republican" waits until Trump's crazy negatively affects her personally to complain. She's been fine with all the racism and bigotry and hatred and discrimination and corruption and conspiracy and ALL the horrific things that have been going on until now. Until finally the destruction of the country might negatively impact HER life. You know what? ZERO sympathy. She created this monster and she too should have to suffer.

Garcia.
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:16am

This business lady has built her company based on an existing set of economic circumstances that due to political considerations is about to change.She finds herself caught in a time frame that does not allow her to adapt to a sudden shift of circumstances and is faced with economic catastrophe thru no real fault of her own.Clearly bringing back manufacturing jobs to America will be a very good thing but at the same time such a heavy handed bull in a china shop approach toward existing entrepreneurs allowing them no time to adapt is wrong. Maybe she can put political pressure at key points to get them to reconsider the time frame to allow her to adapt.I certainly wish her the best.

William C. Plumpe
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 3:43am

Too bad Mary. This is the change YOU wanted---not me. I don't have one atom of pity for you or other Trump supporters who foolishly voted for a bully and a fraud with bad orange hair. If your business goes under or you lose your job or your health care too bad. Serves you right. You're the one who made a bad decision and got scammed by the slick sales pitch of the President of Trump University. As a successful businessperson I'd think you'd be smarter but maybe businesspeople don't know everything. Trump sure doesn't. Just proves you shouldn't make important decisions when you're angry and you have to be careful of what you wish for because you might get it. Your mistake not mine but the problem is I and millions of other Americans have to live with your big mistake.

Rose
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:27am

Absolutely. Trump is only doing what he promised on the campaign trail --- destroy free trade/favor protectionism ( to help coal mine and steel jobs that will NEVER come back) , kill NAFTA ( to bring back auto jobs that will never come back due to automation), create chaos with Iran and the middle east (so our gas prices can soar to new levels). Yes, the word is, "consequences." Mr. Trump is entirely reactive and never carefully considers any consequences of his actions. Likewise, people who voted for him did not consider the consequences of this ever ending chaos which has caused the US to lose all standing as a world leader. He told you what he was going to do, you voted for him based on that, and now you are angry the he did what he said he would. You wanted chaos and change. Well, you got what you voted for. Non-Trump voters have the right to be angry, disgusted, and fearful. Trump voters do not.

DonS
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 7:13am

Go President Trump!
This whole opinion piece has but one purpose, to try and undermine the Trump Presidency.
This is how supposedly non-partisan news outlets operate.
They mask their virulent anti-Trump agenda trying to convince us that "Republicans" oppose President Trump's policies.
The Detroit News does this all the time.
This leftist publication is no different.
Ps: regarding this business owner supporting President Trump, I'd be willing to bet she was not a Trump supporter, during his campaign. My guess would be she was strongly anti-Trump, like many Oakland County Republicans, and the Detroit billionaires.
But it makes for better propaganda for the media to spin her as pro-Trump.

Finding the Middle
Wed, 05/16/2018 - 7:52am

Strong language from a Faux News supporter. Backing up your moronic statements with facts would help the majority of people who actually care about truths. Yet, the one thing that almost every liberal or moderate can agree is that Trump he made it perfectly acceptable to interpretative facts as opinion.

Buchzeiger, this is what you wanted from this madman. Rejoice, he did exactly what he said he was going to do. Wanna save your business...think progressively and create the manufacturing here with all that money you made during the Obama years. Or, are you still waiting for "liberal" handouts?

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