The Detroit News asked GM if the announcement was in response to Trump, which the company denied, saying it was in the works for "weeks." Perhaps wisening up from their 2017 coverage, The Detroit Free Press interviewed industry insiders, who said Trump couldn't bully the Big Three into reopening plants.
Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant. I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING. I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. She blamed the UAW Union — I don’t care, I just want it open!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
General Motors and the UAW are going to start “talks” in September/October. Why wait, start them now! I want jobs to stay in the U.S.A. and want Lordstown (Ohio), in one of the best economies in our history, opened or sold to a company who will open it up fast! Car companies.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
....are all coming back to the U.S. So is everyone else. We now have the best Economy in the World, the envy of all. 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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019
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