WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump increased his pressure on General Motors to resume a manufacturing facility in Ohio that recently closed and extinguished 1,700 people out of work.
Trump's twist came in a series of separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday. He capped his weekend raging against GM with a tweet disclosing that he had waited his frustrations during a conversation with the company's CEO, Mary Barra.
"I'm not happy it's closed when everything else in our country is BOOMING" Trump wrote. "I asked her to sell it or do something fast. She blamed the UAW Union – I don't care, I just want to open it!"
The union is 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 their act together and produce" for the Lordstown workers.
Green did not respond to a request for comment Sunday or GM
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Even he said he was talking to Barra, asked Trump to resume his Lordstown facility or find one another owner, while insisting that the detroit automaker "must act quickly."
He also blasted GM to release the United States and claim "much better" car manufacturers come to the country.
Trump praised Toyota for his investment in the United States in an obvious attempt to show GM less committed in his home country than the Japan automaker
Lordstown closure has become a hot-key issue in an area in Ohio that is expected to be crucial to Trump if he is seeking re-election as promised in 2020.
Trump was dominated in Ohio in the 2016 election, a victory that helped him win enough chosen votes to bec Omes president, despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
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It might be a reason why Trump joined a Ohio legislature coalition in efforts to get Lordstown facility to run again. Trump has been several other American companies for not doing more to help his country's economy, but his comments so far have been more barking than asked.
For example, he has publicly urged Apple to move most of its manufacturing from China to the US, but the Silicon Valley company continues to make its iPhones and most other products overseas.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, last week expressed doubts GM will resume his Lordstown facility, but he said the automaker showed that it is in talks with another company about using the site.
More than 16 million vehicles were made at the Lordstown factory during their 53-year history until GM closed it earlier this month as part of a comprehensive reorganization. The company also intends to close four other North American plants early next year.