President Trump implored GM CEO Mary Barra to “do something quickly” to save the Lordstown plant in Ohio in a tweet on Sunday.
The president said he’s not happy the plant is idle and said he’d spoken with Barra about the facility. According to the president, Barra “blamed the UAW” for putting the automaker in the situation. President Trump also exercised the possibility of selling the plant, something Ohio Governor Mike DeWine believes is on the table.
The governor previously said GM would have more information on the plant’s future in a few weeks, but it’s unclear what kind of deal GM may have—if it has one at all. The state begged GM to keep them in the loop to stand ready with incentives for any company that wants to take over the facility.
Just spoke to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors about the Lordstown Ohio plant. I am not happy that it is closed when everything else in our Country is BOOMING. I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. She blamed the UAW Union — I don’t care, I just want it open!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
Closing the tweet, the president said “I don’t care, I just want it open!” in a call for anything to save the production facility in the Mahoning Valley.
In a second tweet on Sunday, the president called out local UAW 1112 president David Green and told the “Democrat” to “get his act together and produce.” Ironically, Green has penned two letters to President Trump asking for his assistance to help save the plant and funnel investment into the facility. The first came in July of 2018 after GM laid off the Lordstown plant’s second shift. Critically, the job cuts came as GM announced the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer would be made in Mexico.
It’s unclear if the president or his administration ever replied to Green, though the UAW leader said last year at the time of the original report that he had not heard back.
GM has given no indication it plans to allocate a new vehicle to the Lordstown plant, but the automaker will need to negotiate its actual closure with the UAW in a new labor contract later this year.