The drama keeps coming with the current United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors. The latest rumor is that the White House is now weighing in on the matter, as a new report from Politico indicates that the Trump administration is looking to lay out an agreement that would effectively reopen GM’s Lordstown Plant in Ohio, which was shuddered back in March.
Citing anonymous sources “close to the matter,” the Politico report says that the move would essentially place White House support with the UAW camp, which, if successful, could help Trump to win votes in Michigan and Ohio ahead of an upcoming bid for reelection.
The report goes on to say that National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, as well as White House trade and manufacturing adviser Peter Navarro are involved in talks between GM and the UAW.
The new Politco report went live on the second day of the GM strike. Union leaders announced the strike over the weekend after contract negotiations failed to result in an agreement between the automaker and worker union.
The new Politico report follows a statement from President Trump in which he expressed sadness over the GM strike, later tweeting that the automaker and UAW need to “get together and make a deal!”
Trump has thus far remained fairly neutral on the GM strike, although he has expressed some support for the UAW, stating “I’d like to see it work out but I don’t want General Motors building plants in China and Mexico. I don’t want these big massive auto plants built in other countries and I don’t think they’ll be doing that anymore.”
Since the Politico report came out, White House officials, as well as GM and the UAW, have all denied its validity.
However, Trump has been an outspoken critic of GM in the past, and it would’t be altogether surprising to see the White House officially wade into the GM strike as the UAW and GM struggle to hammer together an agreement.