President Trump calls for action for Lordstown, ‘Get that big, beautiful plant in Ohio open now’

LORDSTOWN, Ohio - President Donald Trump is demanding action for the Lordstown GM facility for a third day on Twitter.

"General Motors and the UAW are going to start 'talks' in September/October. Why wait, start them now! I want jobs to stay in the U.S.A. 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!" he writes.

"Get that big, beautiful plant in Ohio open now. Close a plant in China or Mexico, where you invested so heavily pre-Trump, but not in the U.S.A. Bring jobs home!" he said in close.

FOX 8 has been following the president's statements on Lordstown.

Sunday he said he didn't care who was to blame, he just wants the facility reopened.

He also said UAW Local 1112 President David Green "let our country down."

Green issued the following statement to FOX 8 in response to the president's tweet:

"We're doing everything we can with the Drive It Home Ohio campaign to convince General Motors CEO Mary Barra to reinvest in GM Lordstown. 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. Folks here in the Mahoning Valley are True Blue, hard working, loyal, dedicated and ready to help General Motors and this country build the cars and trucks of the future."

Drive It Home Ohio co-chair and Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber President and CEO released a statement Monday.

"We agree with President Trump's comments. GM should bring another product back here so we can deliver a quality vehicle for them once again with three full shifts here at their Lordstown facility. We are all True Blue and ready to work."

General Motors said in a statement released Sunday evening that the future of plants scheduled to be closed "will be resolved between GM and the UAW." The automaker also said that it has "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees" at plants that are to be shuttered.

"We remain open to talking with all the affected stakeholders, but our main focus remains on our employees and offering them jobs in our plants where we have growth opportunities," the company said.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, last week expressed doubts GM will reopen its Lordstown plant, but he said the automaker indicated it's in talks with another company about using the site.

More than 16 million vehicles were made at the Lordstown plant during its 53-year history until GM closed it earlier this month as part of a massive reorganization. The company also intends to close four other North American plants by early next year.

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