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An anti-TPP carmaker has Trump's ear

Close ties with Ford may be influencing the new president

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Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields speaks during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, U.S., on Jan. 9.   © Reuters

NEW YORK Trump's tough stance on Japan's auto industry, hearkening back to the trade friction between the two countries in the 1980s, has been intensified by close ties that developed quickly between the new U.S. administration and Ford Motor.

Trump met the chief executives of Ford, Dow Chemical and other major U.S. corporations at the White House on Jan. 23. Emerging from the breakfast meeting, Ford CEO Mark Fields told reporters that the session was "very positive."

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