According to The Detroit Free Press, Trump told media he was “sad,” about the strike and that he hoped it was a “quick one.” He later sent out a tweet urging GM and the UAW to find a solution.
“Here we go again with General Motors and the United Auto Workers,” the tweet said. “Get together and make a deal!”
Trump has largely remained neutral on the matter thus far, but he also lent some support to the union, which is pushing for GM to produce more vehicles in the United States and support the American manufacturing sector.
“I’d like to see it work out but I don’t want General Motors building plants in China and Mexico,” Trump said. “I don’t want these big massive auto plants built in other countries and I don’t think they’ll be doing that anymore.”
Trump also later said that “federal mediation (in the negotiating process) is always possible, if that’s what they want.”
GM CEO Mary Barra went to the White House earlier this month to meet with Trump. It’s not clear what the subject matter of the meeting was, however, Trump has been an outspoken critic of GM ever since it decided to close several North American plants at the end of last year.
The White House has not said if Trump has been in communication with anyone from GM or the UAW since the strike began last night.
Source: The Detroit Free Press