Chrysler Group vice president for product design, Ralph Gilles, gave a sharp reply on Twitter to billionaire Donald Trump, who criticised Chrysler for alleged plans to move Jeep production to China.
Donald Trump, who supports Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, today tweeted that President Obama is a “terrible negotiator”. “He bails out Chrysler and now Chrysler wants to send all Jeep manufacturing to China – and will!”, Trump tweeted.
The reply from Ralph Gilles came quickly and contained strong language: “You are full of s***!” A few hours later, Gilles tweeted again: “I apologize for my language, but lies are just that, lies. Thanks for the support People.” In the meantime, his original comment was retweeted by around 1,000 users of the microblogging site.
In an official e-mail statement sent to employees by CEO Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler had already denied Romney’s remarks that Jeep production would be moved to China. The executive said all U.S. Jeep production would stay in place and would constitute the backbone of the brand. “It is inaccurate to suggest anything different,” Marchionne said.
Obama’s campaign has also criticized Romney this week over his Chrysler comments and ads, with Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday calling the accusations an “outrageous lie.”