It is important to remember:
1. No CEO every lies. They are representatives of God and can't. If that VW CEO said it, then it absolutely is true.
2. Besides, if the CEO was willing to break labor law in how he tried to influence the election by making threats, he certain would do so because not only do CEOs never lie, but also if the break the law the call a press conference to announce they are doing so.
That is the claim of the OPer anyway, who apparently worships corporations.