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Trump Urges General Motors To Reopen Ohio Plant In Tweet

20 March 2019

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to comment on the closing of the Lordstown General Motors plant on Saturday, and then again on Sunday.

"Get that big, lovely plant in OH open now", Trump said.

"I asked her to sell it or do something quickly", Trump revealed. The president said on Twitter that he had spoken to GM Chief Executive Mary Barra about the planned closure of the OH site, even though the economy is "booming". GM, one of the largest in the world, had announced a few months ago that it is considering shutting down 5 major plants in North America soon as a part of its restructuring process to start making electric and autonomous cars. In a statement at the time, GM cited "changing customer preferences in the U.S." when announcing the layoffs.

Trump Urges General Motors To Reopen Ohio Plant In Tweet
Trump Urges General Motors To Reopen Ohio Plant In Tweet

"Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant", Trump tweeted Sunday. Trump tweeted Saturday. "Toyota is investing 13.5 $Billion in USA, others likewise. G.M. Time is of the essence!" read the first GM-related tweet.

General Motors says in a statement released Sunday evening that the future of plants scheduled to be closed "will be resolved between GM and the UAW", referring to the United Auto Workers union. "She blamed the UAW Union-I don't care, I just want it open!"

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

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He maintained, as he has in the past, "Car companies are all coming back to the U.S. So is everyone else".

"We remain open to talking with all affected stakeholders, but our main focus remains on our employees and offering them jobs in our plants where we have growth opportunities", GM said. General Motors have two models - Chevrolet Bolt and Chevrolet Volt - that qualify for a tax credit.

Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R) had also pushed for GM to keep the plant open, but to no avail, CNBC reported.

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GM noted that more than 400 Lordstown employees have accepted offers at other GM locations, and reiterated that jobs are available at other assembly plants for anyone willing to relocate to other states.

But GM's continued layoffs raised tensions between the president and the CEO of General Motors, who was once considered a possible Vice President candidate by failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Lordstown is the first of the four USA plants GM is closing following its November announcement of a major restructuring.

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Trump Urges General Motors To Reopen Ohio Plant In Tweet