Donald Trump Pressures GM to Reopen Lordstown, Ohio Plant

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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!"

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.

OH will be a crucial battlefield in Trump's 2020 re-election fight: Saving 1,700 jobs there would be a major feather in the president's cap, but losing them would give Democrats much-needed ammunition in the American midwest.

"They've changed the whole model of General Motors", Trump said.

Trump later said he had spoken to Barra, adding that he is, "not happy that it is closed", despite other companies, like Toyota, adding jobs in the U.S. "I asked her to sell it or do something quickly", Trump wrote in the tweet sent at 6:27 p.m.

Sunday he said he didn't care who was to blame, he just wants the facility reopened.

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The union is the United Automobile Workers, which represents the employees who lost their jobs in the Lordstown closure. Trump said Barra blamed sluggish action on the UAW union.

GM didn't immediately respond to The Associated Press' requests for comment.

Trump disclosed his conversation with Barra in a Sunday evening tweet that followed earlier posts during the weekend that blasted GM for closing its Lordstown plant and putting 1,700 people out of work.

Trump's arm-twisting came in two separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

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

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Trump praised Toyota for its investments in the U.S.in an apparent attempt to depict GM as being less committed to its home country than the Japan automaker.

Trump is expected to visit OH this week. Mr. Trump prevailed in OH in the 2016 election, a win that helped him win enough electoral votes to become president despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

"Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant", Trump tweeted Sunday. Auto companies are all coming back to the U.S. So is everyone else.

For instance, he has publicly called upon Apple to shift most of its manufacturing from China to the USA, but the Silicon Valley company continues to make its iPhones and most other products overseas. In December, they announced a new plant opening up in China.

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.

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