Trump again tries to pressure GM on OH plant closure

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President Donald Trump ramped up pressure over the weekend on General Motors and United Auto Workers to try and save a vehicle plant that recently closed and cost almost 2,000 jobs in Ohio.

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

What's new. Over the weekend and into Monday morning, Trump continued to pressure GM, as well as the local United Auto Workers union, to reopen the Lordstown plant.

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.

The Lordstown GM plant stopped production on March 6 after General Motors announced plans last November to close multiple manufacturing sites and cut 15,000 jobs.

"Get that big, attractive plant in OH open now", Trump said on Twitter early Monday, after sending a series of missives at GM and the UAW over the weekend.

The question stems from a tweet by the President that claimed that Barra "blamed the UAW Union". GM did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Saturday. "Stop complaining and get the job done!"

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

"Why wait, start them now!" he wrote. "G.M. let our Country down, but other much better vehicle companies are coming into the droves".

Trump has skewered several other US companies for not doing more to help their country's economy, but his remarks so far have been more bark than bite. The automaker did attempt to clarify its position that keeping open any of the plants that are slated to close are subject to labor negotiations with the UAW for a new contract this year.

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.

A release from Senator Brown's office says that in 2018, J.D. Power ranked the Lordstown plant as number one for the highest quality production among GM's facilities. 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".

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