President Donald Trump said Wednesday he might order the replacement of Goodyear tires on his presidential vehicle, hours after he called for a boycott of the tires.
“Yeah, I would do that. I would swap them out based on what I heard. We’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“Look, you’re going to have a lot of people not wanting to buy that product anymore and they’ll buy from a competitor made in the USA, too, okay?”
Ohio-based Goodyear came under fire for allegedly ordering employees not to wear “Make America Great Again” or “Blue Lives Matter” attire, while allowing them to wear clothing or accessories emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter” slogans.
In a statement earlier Wednesday the company said it asks workers to refrain from workplace expressions in support of political campaigns, “as well as similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues.”
The company also said it supports both equality and law enforcement.
Trump maintained that the company is playing politics.
“When they say that you can’t have Blue Lives Matter, you can’t show a blue line, you can’t wear a MAGA hat, but you can have other things that are Marxist in nature, there’s something wrong with the top of Goodyear,” the president said.
Trump was referring to two of the three co-founders of Black Lives Matter describing themselves as Marxists, or adherents to the philosophy of Karl Marx, known as the founder of communism.
Leftwing activists often boycott businesses that promote stances and ideas they don’t agree with, the president added.
“And so I would be very much in favor of people [who] don’t want to buy there,” he said.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters in a separate briefing that Goodyear should clarify its policy.
The statement the company released “failed to clarify their policy,” she said, adding: “What was clearly targeted was a certain ideology. They have not denied that that image was presented at one of their facilities.”
Goodyear hasn’t responded to a request for comment.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, asked about Trump’s proposed ban, told CNBC that “in general, we’re certainly ‘buy American.'”