Trump Races To Reopen GM Plant Ahead Of Ohio Visit

The GM logo is seen at the General Motors plant in Sao Jose dos Campos

The GM logo is seen at the General Motors plant in Sao Jose dos Campos Brazil

The GM logo is seen at the General Motors plant in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, January 22, 2019.

"Why wait, start them now!"

"Because the economy is so good, General Motors must get their Lordstown, Ohio, plant open, maybe in a different form or with a new owner, FAST!"

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.

Mr. Trump tweeted over the weekend and through Monday morning about his frustration with the plant's closure, claiming that "car companies are all coming back to the U.S." and touting the US economy as "the envy of all".

While some autoworkers have opted to remain in the Valley awaiting the outcome of negotiations, others have been transferred to other GM plants, sometimes leaving family and friends behind.

FOX 8 has been following the president's statements on Lordstown.

"She blamed the UAW Union - I don't care, I just want it open!" he added.

The president tweeted the following, saying Barra is blaming the UAW Union about the plant closure.

President Trump on Sunday said he spoke with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and told her he's disappointed about a shuttered vehicle plant in Ohio. As Mary Barra has said, GM plans to discuss our fate with the UAW in the fall and we are focused on getting a new product in Lordstown.

GM said in a statement that it and the UAW would decide what happens to the plant.

"Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland", Trump wrote in November 2018.

In November, GM included Lordstown on a list of four plants in the US and one in Canada that could be shuttered by the end of 2019 if the automaker and its unions don't come up with an agreement to allocate more work to those facilities.

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. "Stop complaining and get the job done!", Trump fumed in the tweet on Sunday. The sprawling facility was idled after more than 50 years producing cars and other vehicles, falling victim to changing US auto preferences, according to the company.

President Trump reacted via Twitter on Saturday, urging the automaker to act quickly and open the facility back up while praising the USA investments made by their competitor, Toyota.

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