GM announced Monday that it would close up to five North American auto factories — four in the U.S. — including the Lordstown plant currently assembling the Chevrolet Cruze. GM will discontinue the Cruze in March and has not assigned a new product to the plant, likely closing it.Trump told reporters Monday that he spoke to Barra on Sunday night and “was very tough.” He said he urged Barra to keep the Lordstown plant running and promised to put “a lot of pressure” on GM.
” I spoke with her when I heard they were closing and I said, you know, this country has done a lot for General Motors. You better get back in there soon. That’s Ohio. And you better get back in there soon. We have a lot of pressure on them,” Trump said, citing low sales of the Chevy Cruze as a problem for the company.
“Not happy about it. Their car is not selling well, so they’ll put something else. I have no doubt that in a not-too-distant future, they’ll put something else. They better put something else in,” Trump said.
“I think you’re going to see something else happen there, but I’m not happy about it,” Trump said, departing the White House for campaign stops in Mississippi. “I have no doubt that in a not too distant future they’ll put something else. They better put something else in.”
Trump also told The Wall Street Journal in a Monday interview that he asked Barra on Sunday to stop making cars in China and that the company, according to The Hill. “better damn well open a new plant there very quickly.”
“I love Ohio,” Trump said, according to the Journal. “I told them, ‘you’re playing around with the wrong person.’ ”
The President also brought up the company’s choice to continue to manufacturer unpopular cars and suggested revamping discontinued vehicles that sold well. A pretty stellar idea, that I hope the company at least considers before dumping a good portion of their workforce into the unemployment lines.