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Ford denies Trump's tweet claiming Focus hatchback can be built in US

Ford Motor Co. said it will not move the production of its Focus Active hatchback wagon from China to the U.S., despite President Donald Trump's tweet claiming that the vehicle can be built locally, Associated Press reported.

The Detroit carmaker, which scrapped its plan to sell its China-built Focus compact car in the U.S. due to import duties the Trump administration imposed on China, said in a statement on Sept. 9 that "it would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the U.S." as it expects to sell under 50,000 units annually in the country.

Ford's statement came after Trump tweeted that the carmaker's decision to not sell China-built Focus is "just the beginning," adding that the car "can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!"

The company announced in April that it will halt the production of all cars in its home country, except the Mustang, and will focus more on profitable SUVs.