Donald Trump’s tweet about a freight truck carrying goods to Florida was likely a deliberate tweet intended to put pressure on freight companies to stop their work in the state, according to two former top officials with a leading Florida company.
Trump, who has been dogged by the issue of truck congestion, tweeted Friday that the freight company was moving an unspecified truck to the southern border of Florida, where the president has said he would not deport.
The truck had been carrying containers of raw materials to Florida from Mexico, according the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private discussions.
A Trump spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on the tweet.
Trump’s tweet was apparently timed to be read by people in the room, the people said.
A person in the meeting told The Hill that the president was making a statement about the truck’s moving.
The freight company is one of several that have expressed concerns about Trump’s stance on illegal immigration.
The company, Horizon Holdings, said Friday that it would suspend production of all products made in the United States if Trump doesn’t deport illegal immigrants.
The United Steelworkers Union has also said that the Trump administration needs to enforce federal laws to stop illegal immigration, as well as put more enforcement officers on the border.
Trump has faced growing pressure from businesses and labor unions to crack down on the so-called “dreamers” who have been brought to the country as children and have been granted legal status.