Congressman echoes Trump tweet on GM Lordstown

President Donald Trump tours the American Center of Mobility with GM CEO Mary

President Trump on Sunday said he spoke with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and told her he's disappointed about a shuttered auto plant in Ohio. "She blamed the UAW union - I don't care, I just want it open!" he tweeted.

The dispute centers on GM's November 2018 decision to close plants across North America in a broader bid to be more competitive and focus specifically on producing SUVs and pickup trucks.

Trump said GM needs to act quickly because the economy "is so good" that other auto companies - like Toyota - are investing heavily in their US operations.

Earlier in November, General Motors announced plans to cut 15,000 jobs and close manufacturing plants in Lordstown, plants in MI, and Ontario, Canada. 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". More than 3,300 hourly workers were laid off indefinitely, representing about 7 percent of GM's hourly US employees.

In a tweet, Trump said "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!"

Green, who's been a critic of the president in the past, said Trump had pledged to preserve jobs in Trumbull County, where GM's Lordstown plant is located, but the unemployment rate there was 7.7 percent in January.

UAW is the United Automobile Workers union, which represents GM workers. The plant produced Chevy Cruze vehicles. The automaker said that they had "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees". "MUST ACT QUICKLY. Time is of the essence!" Trump - who frequently references the US economy and low unemployment rates in tweets, during meetings with world leaders and in gaggles and interviews with reporters - often complains he doesn't get enough credit for successes. It's unclear if the Trump administration responded to Green's request.

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.

Annual sales of the Cruze in North America peaked at 273,000 in 2014, but past year totaled just 142,000, as Americans are buying fewer passenger cars and instead opting to purchase bigger sport utility vehicles or pickup trucks.

In the second tweet, President Trump also claimed "much better" automakers are coming to the U.S.



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