Wednesday When Dave Green had his office at the United Auto Workers' Hall over to an impromptu news conference, National Media had been calling since Sunday, when Donald Trump, president of the United States, unleashed a surprise Twitter attack on Green president of the Local 1
He'd heard from the Associated Press, CNN, and "Chris Something" from MSNBC. ("Who's the guy … Chris Matthews?") And now there was international media. Green – in high demand for a guy who represents workers laid off from General Motors' Lordstown plant near Youngstown, Ohio – had double-booked reporters from a Dutch financial publication and Buzz Feed News. Oh, and a Fox camera would be squeezing in for a live TV hit.
"Would you mind if I talked to you at the same time?" He asked.
Green, who will turn 49 on Friday , is having quite the week. Trumps Saturday tweet pushing GM to reopen or find another use for the Lordstown plant. Green twice had written to Trump asking for his help on the matter. Saturday's tweet, he said, wasn´t enough help "and I don''t know that it will."
Trump was watching. Not long after the segment, the president fired a tweet blamed by Green for Lordstown's plight.
By that point, Green had left the Youngstown studio where he sat for the satellite interview and was on his way to let out a vacationing friend's dog. “Then he lets me up. I was just driving… and my phone started blowing up. People were screenshotting me. "My initial reaction was," That's odd, "" James Dignan, head of the Youngstown / Warren Regional Chamber, told BuzzFeed News. “I wonder why he called out Dave Green or all people. … There is no blame for having a product, or lack of agreement, or lack of sales. ”
Green said his members were" pissed "over Trump's tweet. So, too, got voicemails from people saying "I have to get off my ass and why don't I bring GM back?"
At the moment, Green was sure how to process what had happened. "What does this mean?" He wondered.
"I found out about the last couple of days what it means. It's very overwhelming. ”