Trump Ratchets Up Criticism of GM for Plant Closure

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President Trump is ramping up pressure on General Motors Co.GM -0.45% and its chief executive, Mary Barra, over the recent closure of an Ohio assembly factory, and pressing the company and union leadership to speed up contract negotiations.

General Motors and the UAW are going to start “talks” in September/October. Why wait, start them now! I want jobs to stay in the U.S.A. and want Lordstown (Ohio), in one of the best economies in our history, opened or sold to a company who will open it up fast! Car companies…..

….are all coming back to the U.S. So is everyone else. We now have the best Economy in the World, the envy of all. Get that big, beautiful plant in Ohio open now. Close a plant in China or Mexico, where you invested so heavily pre-Trump, but not in the U.S.A. Bring jobs home!

Mr. Trump, who is scheduled to visit Ohio this week, tweeted over the weekend about the need to reopen the GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio. The plant ended production this month, one of several factories in North America slated for closure by GM, as the Detroit car company adjusts to slowing demand for traditional sedans.

Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant. I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING. I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. She blamed the UAW Union — I don’t care, I just want it open!

Mr. Trump said in a tweet Sunday evening that he spoke with Ms. Barra about the Lordstown plant. “I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING,” he said, adding that the CEO “blamed” the United Auto Workers union.

In a statement Sunday, GM said the future of the factories will be decided during negotiations on a new four-year contract with the UAW, which are scheduled to begin this summer.

On Monday President Trump brought up the topic again. “General Motors and the UAW are going to start “talks” in September/October,” Mr. Trump tweeted from his personal Twitter account. “Why wait, start them now! I want jobs to stay in the U.S.A. and want Lordstown (Ohio), in one of the best economies in our history, opened or sold to a company who will open it up fast!”

Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green ought to get his act together and produce. G.M. let our Country down, but other much better car companies are coming into the U.S. in droves. I want action on Lordstown fast. Stop complaining and get the job done! 3.8% Unemployment!

A UAW spokesman had said the union continues to be focused on its members and is “leaving no stone unturned” to keep the plants open. He reiterated that sentiment on Monday.

Mr. Trump’s renewed attacks come as the administration considers several key policy items that could affect the auto industry, including potential tariffs of up to 25% on imported cars that GM and other auto makers broadly oppose.

The president had eased pressure on GM in recent months, following a torrent of criticism in November after GM announced the closures and workforce cuts.

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