Donald Trump to General Motors: Close a Plant in China, Not Ohio

President Donald Trump tours the American Center of Mobility with GM CEO Mary

President Donald Trump tours the American Center of Mobility with GM CEO Mary

President Donald Trump ramped up pressure over the weekend on General Motors and United Auto Workers to try and save a vehicle plant that recently closed and cost almost 2,000 jobs in Ohio.

"Increased import tariffs could lead to a smaller GM, a reduced presence at home and overseas for this iconic American company, and risk less-not", the automaker warned the Trump administration in July, via a filing with the United States Department of Commerce.

General Motors' statement came after President Donald Trump announced that 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.

Contrary to President Trump's claims, Barra has not officially pointed to United Auto Workers (UAW) as the reason for Lordstown's closure.

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The Lordstown GM plant stopped production on March 6 after General Motors announced plans last November to close multiple manufacturing sites and cut 15,000 jobs. The automaker said that they had "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees".

While Trump has previously criticized GM, Sunday appeared to be the first time that he targeted Green, a local union official, by name.

'I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING, ' Trump tweeted on Sunday.

Green, who's been a critic of the president in the past, said Trump had pledged to preserve jobs in Trumbull County, where GM's Lordstown plant is located, but the unemployment rate there was 7.7 percent in January.

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To Trump's point, that's still a relatively strong vehicle market, with sales hitting a record in 2016 at 17.6 million. At the time that GM announced that it was cutting plants in January, Lordstown was only using about one-third of its production, according to researcher LMC Automotive. Those tweets criticized GM for letting down the US and urged the company to reopen the plant or find a new owner quickly.

"The President's comments about the UAW are disgraceful".

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 USA and Canada that employ some 15,000 workers. Over five years Toyota plans to invest almost $13 billion.

"I don't care, I just want it open!" he wrote of the facility. Republican Senator Rob Portman of OH called it a "sad day" and urged GM to use the site for future electric-vehicle production.

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