Trump Races To Reopen GM Plant Ahead Of Ohio Visit

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President Donald Trump stepped up his pressure on General Motors to reopen an OH manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work. On Sunday, Trump trained his ire on the local Lordstown UAW president, David Green, calling him a "Democrat" who "ought to get his act together and produce". It had 1,435 hourly workers past year at the time the company announced plans to close it. Production at the plant ended this month, and GM has said it will cut 8,000 US salaried and contract jobs. Those tweets criticized GM for letting down the USA and urged the company to reopen the plant or find a new owner quickly.

General Motors said in a statement Sunday that the future of plants scheduled to be closed "will be resolved between GM and the UAW". A UAW spokesman said in a statement Sunday that the union's "focus is on our members and to leave no stone unturned to keep the GM plants open".

The president cited Toyota Motor Corp.'s plans to add to its US investments, announced Thursday, bringing the amount to nearly $13 billion over five years ending in 2021.

"General Motors and the UAW are going to start "talks" in September/October".

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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.

UAW is the United Automobile Workers union, which represents GM workers.

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

GM says Cruze sales in foreign countries have remained stable, fallen less sharply than in the US or even increased, as is the case in South America. It's unclear if the Trump administration responded to Green's request.

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The automaker also says that it has "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees" at plants that are to be shuttered.

The governor says GM isn't saying who it's talking with and that the state is ready to help bring jobs back to the plant once it knows more details. In December, they announced a new plant opening up in China.

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.

Toyota, Japan's largest automaker, has tried to work its way into Trump's good graces after being a target of his tweets when he was president-elect in January 2017.

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