Trump to GM: Reopen Ohio plant, close one in Mexico or China

Trump began attacking General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Sunday for closing down the plant at a time when the American economy was booming.

Earlier, the president tweeted that "Democrat" UAW Local 1112 President David Green "ought to get his act together and produce".

The Lordstown, Ohio plant employed about 1,500 American workers and produced the Chevrolet Cruze before it closed.

Rep. Bill Johson, whose district runs from the Salem area and south along the Ohio River, re-tweeted an earlier Tweet from the President saying GM must get the plant open "fast!"

Both GM and the UAW have said that the future of Lordstown is expected to be an issue during contract negotiations this summer. "She blamed the [United Auto Workers] Union - I don't care, I just want it open!" In a statement at the time, GM cited "changing customer preferences in the U.S." when announcing the layoffs. General Motors will also shut down the Oshawa facility in Ontario, Canada that now makes the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XT range.

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.

General Motors says in a statement released Sunday evening that the future of plants scheduled to be closed "will be resolved between GM and the UAW", referring to the United Auto Workers union.

On Saturday the President suggested GM open their plant in a "different form" or with a "new owner" as quickly as possible. GM is continuing to produce the Cruze in Mexico for other markets, but not for the United States.

The carmaker said it has placed more than 1,000 employees from so-called unallocated plants to other GM factories, adding that it has "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees".

On Sunday, President Trump published two tweets.

Green didn't respond to a request for comment Sunday.

President Trump reacted via Twitter on Saturday, urging the automaker to act quickly and open the facility back up while praising the US investments made by their competitor, Toyota. In December, they announced a new plant opening up in China. He claimed that "other much better vehicle companies are coming into the U.S.in droves".

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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