Donald Trump fumes, 'disappointed' about shuttered GM Ohio plant

Andrew Cummings
March 18, 2019

Monday's comments follow a firestorm of tweets posted over the weekend, including others regarding the GM plant.

General Motors stock (GM) skyrocketed following the announcement, but elected officials were far less pleased.

Less than 24 hours later, President Trump sent out another tweet discussing the Lordstown GM plant, this time specifically addressing a local union boss about the closure.

He also said he spoke to GM CEO Mary Barra on Sunday and asked her to either sell the plant or "do something quickly". Fiat Chrysler recently announced a $4.5 billion investment in the USA, while Toyota pledged to commit around $13 billion over the coming years.

President Trump on Sunday said he spoke with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and told her he's disappointed about a shuttered auto plant in Ohio. A UAW spokesman told The Journal that the union is "leaving no stone unturned" to keep the plants open.

President Donald Trump is demanding action for the Lordstown GM facility for a third day on Twitter. "Stop complaining and get the job done!"

Even as Mr. Trump said he talked to Barra, he was calling on GM to reopen its Lordstown plant or find another owner, while insisting that the Detroit automaker "must act quickly". "Bring jobs home!" he said in close. The automaker also said that it has "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees" at plants that are to be shuttered.

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

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.

The last Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the assembly line on March 6 at Lordstown, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year, and ending US production of the Cruze.

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