Put America first: Trump orders General Motors CEO to ‘close a plant in China or Mexico’ and reopen ‘big, beautiful plant in Ohio’ in early morning tweet – after 1,700 people were laid off

Monday, March 18, 2019
By Paul Martin

Trump said over the weekend that he’d had a tense phone call with General Motors CEO Mary Barra
He expressed anger over GM shuttering its Lordstown, Ohio auto plant on March 7, a move that cost 1,700 people their jobs
On Monday he tweeted abarb at Barra, telling her to close a plant in China or Mexico and restore the Ohio jobs
Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday on the Fox News Channel that Trump wants GM and union leaders to meet soon enough to save the jobs
In an earlier tweet, Trump also told the plant’s union leader David Green to ‘get his act together and produce’
Ohio politics is a crucial battlefield in the 2020 election; the Buckeye State is a must-win for Trump as he seeks re-election

By DAVID MARTOSKO
DAILYMAIL.COM
18 March 2019

President Donald Trump has stepped up his pressure on General Motors to reopen an Ohio manufacturing plant that recently closed and put 1,700 people out of work.

Trump’s arm-twisting came in a series of tweets aimed at GM and the United Auto Workers union that stretched across Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

‘General Motors and the UAW are going to start “talks” in September/October. Why wait, start them now!’ The president tweeted Monday.

‘Get that big, beautiful plant in Ohio open now. Close a plant in China or Mexico, where you invested so heavily pre-Trump, but not in the U.S.A. Bring jobs home!’ he wrote.

Ohio 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.

Trump capped his weekend of ranting with a tweet disclosing that he had vented his frustrations during a conversation with General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

‘I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING,’ Trump wrote.

‘I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. She blamed the UAW Union — I don’t care, I just want it open!’

The union is the United Automobile Workers, which represents the employees who lost their jobs in the Lordstown closure.

Trump had previously told a UAW leader, David Green, to ‘get his act together and produce’ for the Lordstown workers.

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

In a Fox News Channel interview Monday morning, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway siad Trump is frustrated with the negotiation timetable that’s unfolding in slow motion as Ohioans lose their jobs.

‘In the president’s mind, it’s March. You’re scheduling a meeting for October. And in the meantime jobs are going to keep seeping out of the country like they did in past administrations,’ she said.

‘He wants them to come to the table before that. … When you tell a businessman, a non-politician, “We’re going to meet seven months from now,” he’s just saying, “Can we accelerate and have the meeting sometime faster?”‘

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