Trump calls on GM to ‘bring jobs home’ after Ohio plant closing

President Trump: ‘General Motors Must Get Their Lordstown Plant Open’
Donald Trump fumes, 'disappointed' about shuttered GM Ohio plant

19 March, 2019

President Donald Trump has stepped up his pressure on General Motors to reopen an OH manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work.

Trump is set to visit a General Dynamics manufacturing plant in Ohio Wednesday before also attending a fundraiser.

On Monday, President Trump urged GM and UAW leaders to step up talks and "get that big, attractive plant in OH open now". "Time is of the essence!" read the first GM-related tweet.

President Donald Trump says he has spoken to General Motors CEO Mary Barra to vent his frustration about the automaker's closure of an OH manufacturing plant while the US economy continues to fare well.

"Get that big, lovely plant in OH open now", Trump said on Twitter early Monday, after sending a series of missives at GM and the UAW over the weekend. A UAW spokesman said in a statement Sunday that the union's "focus is on our members and to leave no stone unturned to keep the GM plants open".

The GM logo is seen at the General Motors Warren Transmission Operations Plant in Warren, Michigan October 26, 2015.

Green didn't respond to a request for comment Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, Trump tweeted that "Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green ought to get his act together and produce".

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"Why wait, start them now!" he wrote. The automaker said that they had "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees".

In the second tweet, President Trump also claimed "much better" automakers are coming to the U.S.

On Monday morning, Mr. Trump reiterated his support for the Lordstown plant to reopen quickly. "G.M. let our Country down, but other much better auto companies are coming into the droves".

The Lordstown closure has become a hot-button issue in an area of OH that is expected to be critical for Trump if he seeks re-election as promised in 2020.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, last week expressed doubts GM will reopen its Lordstown plant, but he said the automaker indicated it's in talks with another company about using the site. The company also intends to close four other North American plants by early next year.

This is the third time Trump has taken to Twitter over the weekend to express his frustration with GM's decision to shut several factories in the U.S. and Canada that employ some 15,000 workers.

GM is threatening to close plants that build sedans and compact cars because consumers have been moving to sport-utility vehicles for several years.

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