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FINALLY, Someone Calls Out GM And Its Perpetual Incompetence — IT'S ABOUT TIME

FINALLY, Someone Calls Out GM And Its Perpetual Incompetence — IT'S ABOUT TIME

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to put pressure on General Motors CEO Mary Barra, demanding she "do something quickly" about the assembly plants GM intends to close in the near future. Trump said. "I want jobs to stay in the United States of America 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!"

Trump also tweeted on Saturday to urge GM to reopen the plant, saying: "Toyota is investing 13.5 $Billion in USA, others likewise. G.M".

Trump capped his weekend of ranting with a tweet disclosing that he had vented his frustrations during a conversation with General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

Trump later said he had spoken to Barra, adding that he is, "not happy that it is closed", despite other companies, like Toyota, adding jobs in the U.S. I asked her to sell it or do something quickly. "Stop complaining and get the job done!"

Trump on Monday tweeted that GM, the fourth biggest automaker in the world, and the UAW are opening negotiations on a new contract in September and October.

Reopening Lordstown to manufacture another model is not something possible on a whim; Lordstown was retooled in 2012 specially to produce the Cruze, and retooling the plant again for another model would require an investment of tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars-cash GM is setting aside to keep itself technologically up-to-date. The automaker said that they had "opportunities available for virtually all impacted employees". "Come on down and have a look".

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In his latest tweet, Trump said he reiterated to Barra that GM should do something quickly, including potentially selling the plant. "And he thinks that the economy is doing so well?"

The plants affected include Lordstown in Warren, Ohio that makes the Chevrolet Cruise, the Detroit-Hamtramck Operations in Detroit, Michigan that makes the Buick Lacrosse, the Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Impala and the Cadillac CT6.

Annual sales of the Cruze in North America peaked at 273,000 in 2014, but previous year totaled just 142,000, as Americans are buying fewer passenger cars and instead opting to purchase bigger sport utility vehicles or pickup trucks. The plant produced Chevy Cruze vehicles. The cuts come as the automaker enjoyed a near-record $12 billion profit a year ago. At the time that GM announced that it was cutting plants in January, Lordstown was only using about one-third of its production, according to researcher LMC Automotive.

Even as it closed the Lordstown plant, GM is continuing to manufacture the Cruze model in Mexico, Argentina and China, where the wages it pays workers are substantially less than the wages it was paying the Lordstown employees. In the following month, Barra said in meetings with OH lawmakers that the future of the factory can turn on the outcome of labor talks. In a statement at the time, GM cited "changing customer preferences in the U.S." when announcing the layoffs.

"The President's comments about the UAW are disgraceful".