Sen. Sherrod Brown blasts Pres. Trump's GM Lordstown tweets

A view of the entrance to the West Plant at the General Motors Lordstown Complex assembly plant in Warren Ohio on Nov. 26 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at General Motors (GM), pressuring the auto giant to reopen an OH plant, whose closure has put 1,700 people out of work.

Meanwhile, Drive It Home Ohio co-chairs James Dignan and Dave Green issued a new round of statements today following Trump's latest tweets.

"I asked her to sell it or do something quickly", Trump revealed. As Mary Barra has said, GM plans to discuss our fate with the UAW in the fall and we are focused on getting a new product in Lordstown.

GM's Lordstown facility manufactured the Chevrolet Cruze until March 6, when the factory's production allocation expired, making the plant officially idle and its workers redundant. In the process, GM is shedding 14,000 salaried and blue-collar jobs, but the automaker has said most of its blue-collar workers who lose jobs in the US will be able to transfer to other plants in the Midwest and South.

"Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland", Trump wrote in November 2018. "G.M. let our Country down, but other much better vehicle companies are coming into the droves", Trump tweeted Sunday.

He called on GM to reopen its Lordstown plant or find another owner, while insisting that the Detroit automaker "must act quickly".

"Get that big, attractive plant in OH open now", Mr Trump said on Twitter early Monday, after sending a series of missives at GM and the UAW over the weekend. "She blamed the UAW Union-I don't care, I just want it open!"

President Trump: ‘General Motors Must Get Their Lordstown Plant Open’
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'I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING, ' Trump tweeted on Sunday. "We have now placed over 1,000 employees from our unallocated plants to other GM locations, and we have opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees". General Motors will also shut down the Oshawa facility in Ontario, Canada that now makes the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XT range.

Workers at the Lordstown plant worked their last shift earlier this month. "I want jobs to stay in the United States of America 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!"

There was no mentioned about the GM plant in Oshawa which is scheduled to close at the end of this year.

Mr 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.

Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill said he disagreed with Trump's criticism of the local union leader.

In a telephone interview on Sunday, Mr Green, the president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, responded, "We have produced and my act is together".

That may be one reason why Mr. Trump joined a coalition of OH lawmakers in efforts to get the Lordstown plant running again.

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