Trump addresses local union boss, Lordstown GM closure

Daniel Fowler
March 18, 2019

GM didn't immediately respond to The Associated Press' requests for comment. General Motors will also shut down the Oshawa facility in Ontario, Canada that now makes the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XT range.

Trump acknowledged his conversation with Barra in a tweet Sunday after he fumed in other tweets about the Lordstown, Ohio, plant shutting down.

"G.M. let our Country down, but other much better auto companies are coming into the U.S.in droves", Trump tweeted earlier Sunday.

The US president has blasted the automaker's top executive for a decision to close a number of plants in the US and Canada and the company's reluctance to sell the factories to a different owner, forcing thousands of people out of their jobs.

The plant closed earlier this month, triggering a lawsuit from the UAW of GM, which said GM violated their 2015 negotiated contract.

The UAW, in a tweet, thanked the president for "fighting alongside" the union "against GM", saying it planned to leave "no stone unturned to keep the plants open".

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In his latest tweet, Trump said he reiterated to Barra that GM should do something quickly, including potentially selling the plant. He followed with "I want action in Lordstown fast". "G.M. let our Country down, but other much better auto companies are coming into the U.S.in droves".

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

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. In December, they announced a new plant opening up in China.

Mr. Trump has skewered several other USA companies for not doing more to help their country's economy, but his remarks so far have been more bark than bite.

The company has noted that over 400 Lordstown employees had accepted offers at other GM locations and that jobs were available at other assembly plants for anyone willing to relocate to other states. The Congressman also called on other automakers to move into the plant if GM doesn't bring a new product there.

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