- President Trump attacked GM on Twitter, claiming it is now one of the smallest automakers in Detroit.
- GM says it employs nearly 49,000 union workers in the United States, more than rival Fiat Chrysler.
- GM has been investing heavily in China, where it is now one of the nation's largest automakers.
President Donald Trump on Friday disgusted General Motors as "one of the smallest carmakers" in Detroit, reiterating his call for the carmaker to move jobs back to the United States Something else he may not be happy with: GM is also one of the the largest car manufacturers in China.
In fact, GM now employs more workers in China than members of United Auto Workers in the United States According to the website, the company now has about 58,000 workers in China ̵
Mr. Trump's tweet appears to have been in response to a Bloomberg article with a headline describing GM as Detroit's smallest automaker. The article said it was a "dubious distinction for a company that has been criticized by & # 39; America First & # 39; President Donald Trump."
In response, Trump tweeted, "General Motors, once the Giant of Detroit, is now one of the smallest automakers there … Now should they start moving back to America again?"
In fact, GM is not among the smallest automakers in Detroit, or anything nearby. For example, Bollinger Motors has 17 employees, not including the three dogs, Charlie, Henry and Paco (Paco, according to his biographer on Bollinger's website, likes tennis balls.)
GM has a total of 49,000 UAW workers, including temporary employees. That's about 2,000 more than Fiat Chrysler, while Ford has about 55,000 employees in the UAW in the United States
Still, GM's domestic workforce has shrunk for years, a trend that has continued since President Trump took office. At the end of 2016, GM employed 54,096 UAW workers in the United States Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automaker Research, noting that the fall is not because GM moves jobs overseas, but rather because it sells fewer cars. Since 2016, GM's US market share has shrunk from 14% to 11%.
This is not the first time Mr. Trump has tangled with GM over the shrinkage in the United States. He has repeatedly criticized the company since announcing plans earlier this year to shut down all or part of three of the factories, including a plant.
The president is also not the only politician who has criticized GM for apparently moving jobs overseas. In a video aimed at UAW workers late last year, former Vice President and Candidate Joe Biden asked why GM invested in China and Mexico while laying off American workers. "Make these investments here, build these vehicles in the United States and keep the existing workforce for these jobs," Biden said.
GM is one of the largest car manufacturers in China. But almost all the vehicles it stock there are sold in China. GM makes only one car, Buick Envision, in China that it sells in the United States
Overall, US car exports to China had increased in recent years, but fell to nearly 164,000 in 2018, from about 262,000 in previous years. Dziczek blamed the fall in sales during the growing US trade war with China.