WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump stepped up pressure on General Motors to reopen a manufacturing facility recently closed in Ohio and jobless 1,700 people.
Trump's arm twist occurred in a series of separate tweets on Saturday and Sunday. He ended his weekend statement against the GM with a tweet revealing that he had vented his frustration during a conversation with company boss Mary Barra.
"I am not happy that he is closed when everything else is BOOMING in our country." Trump wrote. "I asked her to sell it or do something quick, blaming the UAW Union – I do not care, I just want it!"
The union is the United Automobile Workers, which represents the employees who lost their jobs in the Lordstown closure. Earlier, Trump told a UAW leader, David Green, "to work together and produce for Lordstown workers."
Green did not respond to a request for comment on Sunday and not on GM.
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Even if he said he spoke to Barra, Trump asked GM to reopen the plant in Lordstown or find another owner while he insisted that the Detroit automaker must "act fast".
GM for the disappointment of the US, claiming "much better" automakers arrive in the country.
Trump praised Toyota for its investments in the US, apparently attempting to label GM as less committed in its home country than the Japanese automaker
The closure of Lordstown is becoming a hot-button issue in one Ohio region, which is expected to be of critical importance to Trump if seeking re-election as promised in 2020.
Trump prevailed in the 2016 elections in Ohio by a win that helped him win enough electoral votes to become another president, despite having lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.
OPINION: TRUMP MUST STORE GM'S OHIO PLANT, OR IT IS NEXT TO LOSE HIS JOB Efforts to get the Lordstown facility working again. The tweets were some of his most shrewd criticisms of GM.
Trump has skewered several other US companies for not helping their country's economy, but his comments have been more than just a bite.
For So, he publicly asked Apple to relocate most of its production from China to the US, but the Silicon Valley company continues to manufacture its iPhones and most other products overseas.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, voiced doubts last week that GM will reopen its plant in Lordstown, but said the automaker pointed out that it had negotiated with another company about the site's use.
The Lordstown plant has produced more than 16 million vehicles in its 53-year history until its closure earlier this month as part of a massive reorganization. The company intends to close four more North American plants by early next year.